Come As You Are Guitar Lesson

Come As You Are Guitar Lesson

Come As You Are, Nirvana's second single released from their 1991 album Nevermind, reached number 9 in the UK singles charts, confirming the alternative grunge band from Seattle as much more than simply the musicians behind Smells Like Teen Spirit.

The song begins with Cobain playing an unaccompanied guitar riff for eight seconds. Cobain used an Electro-Harmonix Small Clone guitar chorus pedal to give his instrument a "watery" tone during the verses and pre-choruses.

He is joined by the rest of the band for the first verse, which is moody and subdued. Once the band reaches the chorus, the song reaches full volume. The shift in dynamics is a technique Nirvana used on many of its songs. The song features one of Cobain's longest guitar solos. "Kurt really did not play a lot of solos," Vig said. "This one is more of a melodic part based on the vocal melody. It's not trying to show off pyrotechnics. It complements the melody of the song."

Cobain recorded his guitar solo in two takes, as well as three takes of vocals, of which the first was used. Vig then asked Cobain to double track his vocals throughout the entire song. During the harmony overdub session, Cobain accidentally sang the phrase "And I don't have a gun" too early, appearing the fourth time he sings the word "memoria" after the guitar solo. He decided to keep the mistake in the final recording. Vig sampled Cobain singing "memoria" from the middle of the song and placed it in the background of the song near the end twice.

Striking in similarity between the English rock band Killing Joke's 1984 single Eighties (have a listen above!) the songs riff quickly became a rock classic, defining the sound of Nirvana and much of the music that was to follow during the 90s.

Here is the lesson tab included below*:

Intro:

Come As You Are Intro

Pre-Chorus:

Come As You Are Pre-Chorus

Chorus:

Come As You Are Intro

Solo:

Come As You Are Solo

*If you don't know how to read tab guitar music, check out this page!

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