Disarm Guitar Lesson – The Smashing Pumpkins

In this Disarm guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play all the chords to this acoustic hit by The Smashing Pumpkins off of their Siamese Dream album.

"Disarm" is a great song for the beginner level guitarist to try. It requires just simple open position chords throughout. There is only one chord that might give you trouble, and that is the chord that requires you to use you thumb to play a bass note on the low E string.

If you aren't very familiar with you open position chords yet, be sure to check out the beginner lessons section here at GL365. There are videos and chord charts for all of the basic open chords found in "Disarm".

One thing you will want to focus on is the rhythm patterns being played by Billy Corgan. For a lot of the first half of the song he will be playing an 8th note rhythm with mostly downstrokes. We doing some of the chord changes he does a quick 16th note burst before returning to the 8th rhythm.

I will demonstrate the rhythm patterns in-depth within the video lesson since I think it is very valuable to the beginner level guitarist to know.

But even if you aren't a beginner, be sure to check out this great song from The Smashing Pumpkins. You will probably learn it in just a few minutes.

Have fun everyone!


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Disarm Guitar Lesson - The Smashing Pumpkins


  1. george kerr on July 14, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    much more authentic tone true to the song, however, imho people are too damn picky about that esp. for an acoustic song. You are great, they should leave you along unless they can do better and if they can they are not watching the video anyway. Really people give Carl a break..

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