How to Play Outside by Staind (Guitar Lesson)

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Outside

From a simple acoustic guitar song to a full band mega hit, "Outside," off of Staind's second LP "Break The Cycle," shows how keeping a song simple and tasteful proves to be a winning formula. Learn both the acoustic song and the added electric layers.

Taught by Mike Mushok in Staind Songs with Mike Mushok seriesLength: 21:02Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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delta/d42delta/d42 replied

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mark.g.sargentmark.g.sargent replied

so essentially this lesson is catered to those with a baritone guitar for the electric parts? What's the minimum string gauge to enable similar tone on standard 6 string Epi LPS?

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snapmansnapman replied

I love this song but I am having trouble getting the strumming pattern in the second bar when referring to the tab notation and comparing it to when you play it. Is it DDUDDU DUDUDDDU for the first two bars?

carver_jencarver_jen replied

If I don't have a baritone guitar, can I still learn the electric parts?

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied

yes you can! You'll want to put a thicker string gauge on if you want to play it in the original positioning. 9s or 10s will feel to floppy and your intonation will be kinda funky on the upper frets as Mike talks about a bit at the end. But you should be good to go with a thicker set of strings!! Of course the acoustic parts can be played on any guitar with any string gauge. The other thing you can do is tune to Drop Db and figure out the parts in that tuning. You'll take Mike's finger positioning and apply it to the tuning and fret positions of the tuning you're working in. This is a fun exercise, helps you understand your guitar neck a bit more and it's easier to tune down to drop Db than it is to Drop Ab. (DADGBE half step down).

carver_jencarver_jen replied

I love this song! Nice to have the guy from the band teaching their own song. Thanks jam play!

Staind Songs with Mike Mushok

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Learn how Staind's lead guitarist Mike Mushok plays some of the bands most popular songs.



MudshovelLesson 1

Mudshovel

Tune down and tackle one of Staind's biggest hits taught by the band's own lead guitarist, Mike Mushok. Learn some fun facts about the song and the simple, monstrous riffs that make this song rock!

Length: 13:52 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
It's Been AwhileLesson 2

It's Been Awhile

Learn rock's "most played song of the last decade". Strum the straight forward acoustic part and sing along, tune down and play some sludgy chords, or learn some octave lines. This song is a great example...

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OutsideLesson 3

Outside

From a simple acoustic guitar song to a full band mega hit, "Outside," off of Staind's second LP "Break The Cycle," shows how keeping a song simple and tasteful proves to be a winning formula. Learn both...

Length: 21:02 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
For YouLesson 5

For You

This popular Staind song is perfect for intermediate guitarists and songwriters alike. You don't even need to know how to play any chords! Learn all the parts and get advice from the pro himself on writing...

Length: 12:52 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Right HereLesson 5

Right Here

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Not AgainLesson 7

Not Again

What?? A guitar solo?? "Not Again," the first single from their most recent album, features a rippin' solo and monster riffs. Break out the 7 string and get your fingers good and warmed up for this one!

Length: 18:01 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Eyes Wide OpenLesson 8

Eyes Wide Open

The 2nd single off of their most recent album, "Eyes Wide Open" offers a challenging and fun guitar solo as well as some great riffs. Also, learn songwriting and alternate tuning tips that will spice...

Length: 26:23 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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Mike Mushok is the original lead guitar player for the successful American band Staind. He is also currently a member of the super group Newsted.

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