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Kurt Cobain

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Underrated hero!

Welcome to our Kurt Cobain player study! It's fair to say that Kurt is not an obvious choice as the "guitar hero" that our player studies typically focus on, but trust me, he is a worthy inclusion. He is somewhat of the "anti-guitar-hero", and for that alone, he deserves a place in our Player Study hall of fame. Kurt Cobain is one of the most important influences to so many great, modern rock guitarists. Across the years, so many have said that "Come As You Are" is the first song they ever learnt on a banged-up old acoustic guitar, and this includes our wonderful tutor Franco.

Kurt is a poet, lyricist, singer-songwriter, and of course, a monster guitar player!

Franco Lacan

Dynamics that will transform your playing

Kurt truly did change the course of rock music forever and was the founder and leader of the headline act of the grunge movement, Nirvana. It's fair to say that "Nevermind", the band's most famous album, is still regarded as one of the best records ever made. There is so much we can learn from Kurt and his guitar playing... not least to mention his incredibly dynamic playing, the rhythm that changed rock, his freedom with soloing as well as his notorious guitar tone and dark music theory concepts! In this wonderful course, Franco takes the lead as he walks you through all of these aspects, ensuring that the balance between theory, technique, skill and application is always apparent. As you learn the tracks you'll understand them, and as you understand them, you'll be able to work out and create your own.


20 HD videos

Full lesson notes

Backing tracks

Supporting diagrams

Interactive guitar tab

This course includes the following 4 units:

Unit 1

Adult Spirit

Our fundamental focus here is to shine a light on the dark art of power chord riff development and how Kurt Cobain brings these chords to life

Lesson 1Power Theory!

Lesson 2Playing The Chords

Lesson 3The Song

Lesson 4The "Chka Chka's!"

Lesson 5All Together

Unit 2

Getting The Sound

We're going to dive into the specifics we need to learn to get the Kurt Cobain sound. This includes the pedals, the theory, the alternate tunings

Lesson 1Pedals & Gear

Lesson 2Alternate Tunings

Lesson 3Palm Muting

Lesson 4Songwriting Ideas

Lesson 5Structures

Unit 3

Cobain's Lead!

Kurt Cobain is certainly not your typical lead guitar player, and it's for exactly this reason that this unit will be so interesting to study.

Lesson 1The Basic Solo

Lesson 2Solo Level 2

Lesson 3Solo Level 3

Lesson 4Transforming

Lesson 5Your Own Melody

Unit 4

Box Shaped Box

The structures, the tunings, the rhythms, chords, soloing... Everything we have covered is beautifully demonstrated in this custom written Nirvana style track.

Lesson 1The Riff

Lesson 2The Groove

Lesson 3The Chorus

Lesson 4The Rest...

Lesson 5All Together

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