In this quick and easy video guitar lesson, I will show you how to play the acoustic MTV Unplugged version of "All Apologies" by Nirvana.
Before we get started, you will need to tune your guitar starting from the 6th string C# G# C# F# A# D#. Or if the tuner you are using only reads notes as flats that same tuning with all the notes spelled with flats would be Db Ab Db Gb Bb Eb.
There is only a basic guitar riff and a couple of chords to learn for this one. The opening guitar riff is played slightly differently during the instrumental opening than it is during the verse sections of the song.
Kurt Cobain incorporates slides into the riff at the opening of the song. After that though, the riff is played in a more straightforward fashion during the verses by both him and guitarist Pat Smear. I will show you how to perform both versions of the riff.
That riff moves into a strummed power chord that can be played with just one finger due to the dropped tuning used in the song. After that comes a simple A major chord and that is it.
It just goes to show how a great song doesn't need to have a million chords with intricate riffs all over the place. A catchy melody and a couple chords to support it will work just fine as well. And if you are lucky, it can also be a massive hit just like this Nirvana gem.
Have fun with this one guys!
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All Apologies Guitar Lesson - MTV Unplugged - Nirvana