The riff to Nirvana's "Come As You Are" is one of the easiest and fun to play. In this lesson, I’ll show you how to play it in three different ways. First, we’ll read it as it was recorded on their Nevermind Album. Second, we’ll learn to play it in standard tuning. Finally, while in standard tuning, we’ll learn to read and play it up an octave. (The notation is provided in the video, as well as the PDF, and the TABed versions are included in the PDF below).
In this lesson you’ll learn . . .
- How to read the riff to “Come As You Are” 3 different ways!
- How to tune your guitar down a whole step
- Using flanger to make it sound more like the recording
- How to read the riff in two different keys and two different octaves
- Pick-up notes
- Learn to read the lowest “D” possible on the guitar, once in dropped tuning
- Review of reading the guitar’s lowest notes (in standard tuning)
For more on note reading, be sure to check out The Missing Method for Guitar Note Reading Series.