Below is the lesson for “Come As You Are” by Nirvana.
Hone your strumming skills by learning this classic grunge song. Musically speaking, this is a fairly simple song. This is great because it puts the focus on our right hand technique instead of our left.
Remember to keep your right hand moving consistently when strumming. Since all of the strum patterns are based around an eighth note rhythmic value, we can adhere to the rule of thumb: that we strum down on a downbeat (1, 2, 3, 4) and up on an upbeat (the &’s).
This constant right hand motion helps keep us in time, while also increasing the efficiency and fluidity of our strumming. To see how important this is, watch the last measure of the performance. You’ll notice Matt continues to strum down and up even though he’s not playing for the majority of the measure.
Finally, this arrangement uses chucks to add a percussive element to it. Check out this lesson if you need a recap on the fundamentals for chucking.
Part 1 – Performance & Free Lesson