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Teacher: Soundgarden mixes classic Metal
influences like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin and classic Rock like Hendrix and
Cream with a touch of punk and avant-garde styles.
Teacher: Soundgarden features Kim Thayil on lead
guitar and Chris Cornell on guitars and vocals. And a great rhythm section of
Matt Cameron on drums and Ben Sheppard on bass.
Teacher: Let's look at the first
A simple single note line. Keeping everything on the 6th string for maximum
Teacher: The 1/4 step bends in the phrase are
reminiscent of Tony Iommi's guitar
Teacher: The same riff is then doubled by a
guitar with distortion and wah. Wah just sounds like Seattle I
Teacher: A power chord riff is almost
Here the riff uses inversions. Meaning the root note is not the bass note.
Notice the easy barre shapes. This allows us to play chord moves that we
couldn't get to otherwise.
Teacher: Taking this further, Soundgarden often
employs tunings other than standard. The reason for alternate tunings is to make
things easier to play or to get chord voicings or tones you cant get
Teacher: One of their favorites, and for grunge
and alternative in general, is 'Dropped D' tuning. The 6th string is lowered a
whole step from E to D providing even more grunge and low end. Here are the
tuning notes for those that want to experiment.
Teacher: the chord at the end of the tuning notes
is nice to check if you are in tune. It is a nice big D major
Teacher: Here is the same power
chord riff in Drop D tuning.
Lick 3 (Drop D tuning)
Notice the easy finger shapes.
Teacher: Soundgarden uses all sorts of tunings.
Dropping the E and A strings to D and G respectively. Even tuning all the
strings to two notes like: E, E, B, B, B,
Teacher: Here is how you could play the opening
riff in Drop D.
Moving a riff to Drop D is not hard. Simply move every note on the 6th string up
two frets from standard
Teacher: Here is a repeating single note
'ostinato' figure on top. Also notice how the notes ring together slightly on
the 1st and 2nd strings, for a typical Soundgarden
something as simple as a single note has its place. I love Soundgarden's use of
space and dynamics. Then they just hammer the heavy stuff
Here is our other looping track, moving to a pedaling D bass
Jam Track 2
Teacher: Here is our first riff on top of
Soundgarden makes good use of open strings. Then open D string rings under the
moving notes along the 3rd strings. Gives almost a middle eastern effect.
Teacher: To take advantage of this sound, learn
your scales along a single string. Here are notes and pattern I am using on this
Play with this idea over the looping track. Here is another riff out of the same
Make up your own. Again, this is idea used often.
Teacher: And try other patterns, same idea. Here
is another riff using just one different note for a minor
And if you did tune down to Drop D, try that as a drone
Teacher: The last riff used some bends and legato
to contribute to that eastern sound, slides too.
Teacher: Here is the scale used, the Dorian
The root note is highlighted on each occurence. This is important to find along
the moving notes as the open string will make that note sound like
Teacher: One last riff
Teacher: Here is the 'parent scale', the jazzy
Teacher: Check out some Soundgarden albums and
hear some great Seattle
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