Pearl Jam Lesson Sample
Solo Section Looping Track
Teacher: Pearl Jam took classic blues-rock
influences like Hendrix, Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones and mixed in punk
tinged influences for their own take on 90's Hard Rock.
Teacher: Stone Gossard and Mike McCready are the
Teacher: All of the riffs tonight can be
navigated with your familar 5 open string chord shapes.
Teacher: The opening riff is a C-G-D progression.
We'll see how to spice up these chords, grunge-style.
The following riff lays on top, the same chord progression but voiced in triads
down the neck.
After the each D chord voicing a Dsus2 voicing is alternated with the D major.
Sus voicings are often employed by Pearl Jam.
Teacher: Sus stands for
'suspended', meaning replace the '3rd' of the chord, major or minor, with the
named scale tone.
Teacher: Here is a
loop for practicing each riff. The next section uses a sus chord as
Riff A Looping Track
This second section uses an extended time on the A chord, with D and E chords
voiced up higher on the neck
Teacher: The nice voicing for Asus4 adds interest
on the extended A vamp.
Teacher: On top of this is some classic Hendrix
influenced R&B style licks. McCready does this well.
B Looping Track
Teacher: To get the Pearl
Jam sound, remember they layer guitars expertly. McCready takes most solos
and Gossard is more rhythm work. Their tones are fairly dry, really classic rock
tones. McCready tends to favor Fender Strats and Gossard Gibsons.
Mostly Marshall amplifiers
Teacher: McCready will
employ effect pedals such as wah, or a Uni-Vibe, MXR effect pedals. I have heard
him use an E-Bow, which is a sustainer type device.
Gossard uses open G tuning a lot to get textures and chord voicings you cant get
in standard tuning. I think he is a big Keith Richards guy to and that is one of
Teacher: The next riff uses a wah pedal as a
filter, slowly changing the effected frequency range as the riff goes on.
Teacher: And the
last riff, our 'solo' section.
Riff C Looping
Teacher: Here is the loop of that part
Teacher: This next lick is the type of layered
rhythm guitar part Pearl Jam might incorporate. Part rhythm, part lead
Teacher: The lick uses the
E Dorian Mode
Teacher: E dorian
has the same notes as D major, starting on a different note (2nd scale
Teacher: And finally some
McCready style solo licks
Most of the licks come out of the Minor Pentatonic scale.
E Minor Pentatonic
- Open Position
Teacher: The next lick
uses a nice extension pattern of the Minor Pentatonic. McCready knows 'em
Pentatonic - Extension Pattern
Teacher: The next lick
uses a unison bend. Note that as it moves up it also follows along notes of the
This lick is out of that same extension pattern, one octave
Teacher: Just more blazing
pentatonic scale stuff.
Teacher: OK. Practice hard in the style of these
icons of '90's rock.
Teacher: If you
want to learn specific Pearl Jam songs, catch me for a private