Cherub Rock Guitar Lesson – The Smashing Pumpkins

In this Cherub Rock guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play this great song from The Smashing Pumpkins in its entirety.

The tuning is standard tuning, E A D G B E.

There are some fantastic riffs in this one. From the clean guitar intro riff, to the full throttle riffs throughout the rest of the song, "Cherub Rock" is just a blast to play.

I will cover each riff in the song in the order that each appears on the original recording. It can be a challenge to memorize where each riff goes since there are a few variations thrown in there throughout the song. But if already know how the song goes, you won't have much trouble after going through this lesson.

For many sections of the song there are two distinct guitar parts, one for Billy Corgan and the other for James Iha. I will cover each player's riffs for those sections whenever they occur.

I will also cover Billy Corgan's solo note-for-note. This solo is full of great melodic ideas that work perfectly over James Iha's rhythm part for this section.

Have fun tackling this great early classic from The Smashing Pumpkins!

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Cherub Rock Guitar Lesson - The Smashing Pumpkins


  1. Noah Graham on March 18, 2021 at 5:14 pm

    Been awhile since we’ve had some EVH😕🤔🤔

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