Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

Learn how to play Smells Like Teen Spirit on Guitar

A couple years ago I was driving my car, listening to a “classic rock” radio station, when this tune came on. I felt a little old, realizing that the music of my childhood is now considered “classic” haha! I think I’ll get over it…

Either way, we have a great lesson for you “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana (which is actually a reference to underarm deodorant). It’s a great tune for anybody to learn, especially beginners, as it is comprised of a single chord shape (yep!) which is moved around to make the entire riff.

We show you the main riff, give some tips on getting the right sound, and then go over the verse and finally the bridge of the tune. With this tutorial, you’ll be able to play the entire song (except for the solo, but we already did that in another video! You can find it here: Smells Like Teen Spirit Guitar Solo