How To Play Come As You Are by Nirvana

Want to learn One of the Easiest Guitar Riffs Ever? Beginner Guitar Lesson on “Come As You Are” by Nirvana from Guitar Control instructor Jon MacLennan.

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Hey how’s it going? My name is Jon MacLennan and I hope you’re doing fantastic. Today I want to show you a guitar riff in the style of Come As You are by Nirvana. So let’s zoom in and break it down.

Playing Tips

So the first thing you got to realize if you want to play along with the recording you gotta tune down your guitar a whole step and then you’ll be able to play along with the recording; I’m in standard just for today’s purposes. One thing I have added to the tone which is classic on the recording is a watery sounding chorus pedal.

Come As You Are

So I’m going to start how to play Come As You Are by Nirvana by hitting the open E twice then you put your first finger on the first fret sixth string and then you put your second finger on the second fret. So you walk in like this and then you play the fifth string open and then back to open. So I’m alternating between that too and that’s zero and there the strings are right adjacent to each other so you need to make sure that your second finger is up on its tip so that that other note can come through. If it’s down like this you’re going to get a muted string in there so you have to keep it all in the tips. And then you play two twos on the sixth string and walk back down and the fifth 00, the sixth 2 and then walk back up and then you start over. So if I played it slow it’s like one two three.


Alright well I hope that gets you started play Come As You Are by Nirvana. I remember the first time I heard Nirvana I was just a kid and it was down at my friend’s house down the street. We were like jumping on his trampoline and his dad had these huge speakers in the backyard and he was like check this out man, I’m going to put on nirvana, check out this band and he put it on and we would just blast it and hang out in the backyard. Anyway don’t forget to hit subscribe below and we’ll see you in the next lesson. Thanks for watching how to play Come As You Are by Nirvana.

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