How to Play Come As You Are by Nirvana (Guitar Lesson)


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Allen Van Wert

Come As You Are

Released in 1991 by American grunge band Nirvana, this song is still a staple on rock radio to this day and a must learn for many beginning guitarists.

Taught by Allen Van Wert in Songs With Allen seriesLength: 16:57Difficulty: 0.5 of 5


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shiroshiro replied on July 14th, 2015

tab for that first power chord is wrong. should be xx2450, or if you want to add that low E, then 0x2450. Either way, I don't see most people being able to play something like 022450. That is a stretch and a half...

shiroshiro replied on July 14th, 2015

tab for that first power chord is wrong. should be xx2450, or if you want to add that low E, then 0x2450. Either way, I don't see most people being able to play something like 022450. That is a stretch and a half...

shiroshiro replied on July 14th, 2015

tab for that first power chord is wrong. should be xx2450, or if you want to add that low E, then 0x2450. Either way, I don't see most people being able to play something like 022450. That is a stretch and a half...

allen.vanwertallen.vanwert replied on August 13th, 2015

I think I was doing it to fill in two guitar recordings at the same time. Not sure if I mentioned that in the video but I tend to do these things in most bands as the only guitarist.

bsvillelabsvillela replied on April 7th, 2015

Hey, Allen! Can you please tell us the set up you are using in the guitar / amp etc.? Can't reproduce that sound properly... Thanks!

jimmypaynejimmypayne replied on May 18th, 2014

Is the tuning on the tab incorrect you say it is tuned a whole step down which would be DGCFAD and the tab shows DAFCGD

j woolnoughj woolnough replied on April 10th, 2016

It is correct, the string numbers show 6th string as D, 5th string as G, and so on.

kcraigmasonkcraigmason replied on February 1st, 2014

Nice lesson Allen. What pickups do you have in that tele?

levirayleviray replied on January 21st, 2013

sweet guitar, is it a strat? cant quite tell

rexalotrexalot replied on August 15th, 2013

Custom Fender Telecaster

echegollenechegollen replied on September 22nd, 2012

How the heck does he do the part right before the solo? It sounds so good but for some reason I can't replicate it!

allen.vanwertallen.vanwert replied on September 23rd, 2012

I am scratching the pick back and forth against the string really fast while sliding it gradually down the string

echegollenechegollen replied on September 24th, 2012

I'm guessing you are picking the 6th, 5th, and 4th strings?

echegollenechegollen replied on September 24th, 2012

I'm guessing you are picking the 6th, 5th, and 4th strings?

echegollenechegollen replied on September 22nd, 2012

Actually I think I just got it. I was trying to do the effect with the pic but I think he is doing it only with his knuckles going up and down. Does that make sense?

echegollenechegollen replied on September 22nd, 2012

Actually I think I just got it. I was trying to do the effect with the pic but I think he is doing it only with his knuckles going up and down. Does that make sense?

echegollenechegollen replied on September 22nd, 2012

How the heck does he do the part right before the solo? It sounds so good but for some reason I can't replicate it!

allen.vanwertallen.vanwert replied on May 21st, 2013

pick scrape on side of pick like a strum

wizard1325wizard1325 replied on September 20th, 2012

I don't get this lesson then again maybe I need to go back to the beginner section

allen.vanwertallen.vanwert replied on September 21st, 2012

Take your time and go through all of the lessons you need to get to where you want to be.

shunshun replied on September 18th, 2012

How about Aqoustic

allen.vanwertallen.vanwert replied on September 21st, 2012

how about acoustic...?

echegollenechegollen replied on July 11th, 2012

What does it mean when the notes are in parenthesis ? (0)

allen.vanwertallen.vanwert replied on July 16th, 2012

Probably ghost notes.. they are quieter but slightly there.. like when you strum a chord and only lightly catch one of the strings or it simply resonates from being fretted but not struck when the other strings vibrate.

shunshun replied on April 6th, 2012

He say 2 guitars which I find strange cause there only 3 people in the band 1 bassist 1 guitarist/vocal 1 drummer

supaflysupafly replied on October 13th, 2012

in the studio they often record multiple guitars even if there is only one guitarist. they can be different parts completely, or the same part but panned differently to make the song sound "big".

SodaPopSodaPop replied on March 25th, 2012

Saw the song explained by Danny Gill, he also does a good version of it.

tesketeske replied on November 28th, 2011

thanks for this lesson Allen it helped me to be a step closer to my goal

tesketeske replied on November 28th, 2011

thanks for this lesson Allen it helped me to be a step closer to my goal

meganmegan replied on August 24th, 2011

Now that I have turned my attention to my electric guitar, I have to start to pick up on all this amp, pedals, effects, gear stuff - so I was pleased that Allen gave instructions on how to get the right sound. Fortunately I have a little practice amp that 'models' other ones and comes with a set of effects - so I was able to turn on the chorus. My daughter and I both said " ooh, that does sound better now." That was a thrill.

donnie1967donnie1967 replied on October 19th, 2011

And get ready to spend money, money, money! :-)

mattbrownmattbrown replied on August 24th, 2011

It sounds like a flanger to me on the recording. I could be wrong though...Chorus and flanger are very similar effects though, so either will get you close to the tone you're looking for.

allen.vanwertallen.vanwert replied on August 25th, 2011

Rotary with chorus.

meganmegan replied on August 25th, 2011

Thanks. I'll take our chat as incentive to explore - I have delay, reverb, chorus, flanger, tremolo, plus the ability to mix some of them together. No wah. hmm I'll have to get a wah pedal.

allen.vanwertallen.vanwert replied on August 25th, 2011

Tremolo is very similar to rotary and should work out the same way except it is usually volume altering instead of panning. Use that and chorus and it should be close to this with the proper settings of depth and speed.

meganmegan replied on August 27th, 2011

Well, something like this? http://www.amazon.com/BBE-Analog-Univibe-Guitars-Keyboards/dp/B000RLF7GO

allen.vanwertallen.vanwert replied on October 1st, 2011

Yeah, a univibe may do the trick some.

donnie1967donnie1967 replied on October 19th, 2011

I remember when this record hit the airwaves in the fall of 1991. It changed everything, and I think I listened to Nevermind for a year straight without listening to anything else.

jburdjburd replied on October 1st, 2011

"You don't want a change like that...that SUUUUCCCKKKS" hilarious LOL

ikerrrikerrr replied on September 6th, 2011

man do i feel out of sorts,seems like the notes on the tab page are a little off whats there are [dafcgd] i got [dacead]

dmb2574dmb2574 replied on August 24th, 2011

Thanks for the great lesson, you present songs very accurately and in a way that is easy to follow. Hopefully you do some more lessons in the future on songs that aren't as daunting as the songs you typically do so I can make use of more of them. Thanks again.

fumblefumble replied on August 23rd, 2011

voice and instruction are audible but I can barely hear the guitar with speakers and content turned up to max. had to quit lesson due to not being able to hear it

kevinacekevinace replied on August 24th, 2011

Great for me also.

AaronMillerAaronMiller replied on August 23rd, 2011

This appears to be a technical issue on your end. I tested the file in mono and reversed the phase and it is clearly audible on my machine. Is it only this video that you are having problems with?

jboothjbooth replied on August 24th, 2011

Odd, it sounds perfect for me.

brokendreamerbrokendreamer replied on August 24th, 2011

weird that they removed some of the other nirvana song lessons but allow this one? I guess not all of their songs are owned by the same company?

jboothjbooth replied on August 24th, 2011

Nope they aren't! Really if I recall the issue is one company owns 5% of some songs and they can block the whole process. This licensing stuff is really a huge, huge mess.

jj90jj90 replied on August 23rd, 2011

Nice lesson Allen, been playing it wrong for all that time, nice big fat E power chord! This song was one of my first to learn on guitar, really easy. Now with you teaching people can't go wrong :-) Will there be TABS/supplemental content?

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About Allen Van Wert View Full Biography Allen Van Wert got the nickname "ROBOT" from his unusual guitar tapping techniques that often sound like a video game more than a guitar. He has studied and played a wide variety of genres. His experimental and eclectic amalgamation of music combining shred guitar, crazy tapping techniques, and electronically infused composition contrasted by a highly emotional soft melodic side, make his debut album a really fun and interesting listen for just about anyone.

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