Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit

Here's how to play the legendary song 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' by Nirvana!

If you need more help with power chords in general, check out this free lesson!

TAB for the riff here. Tab for the SOLO here.

Better, clearer TAB also available in this highly recommended songbook.

Get your FREE Smells Like Teen Spirit backing track here, no bull - try it!

How do I get THAT sound? - Heavy sound

If you're really stuck, this video shows you how to use basic amplifier controls!

For my electric guitar videos, I use the amp simulations in Garageband for ease of use and so I can tinker afterwards. The following settings for the heavy main riff simulate a Mesa Stack with loads of gain (distortion) plus a treble boost, though any distortion pedal turned up will get you close!

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How do I get THAT sound? - Clean sound (intro and verses)

For the verses, Kurt used a clean sound (no overdrive) with a chorus pedal (Likely an Electro Harmonix Poly Chorus) which I've simulated with garageband with the following settings.

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