Hey guys! Today I wanted to share with you a bit of an exercise based on the main riff from Nirvana’s “All Apologies”.
It’s a great riff, however the original is in drop Db, which makes it a bit difficult if you’re playing the rest of your set in standard tuning.
When figuring out a way to play this is in standard tuning, I came up with this version of the riff. It’s actually a really cool picking exercise for the right hand that has an emphasis on alternative picking and some string skipping.
Here’s the tab for it:
As with all new riffs, try to play this only as fast as is comfortable. Once you’ve got the riff perfected at a slow speed, bring it up in tempo bit by bit. If you have access to a metronome, I recommend you use it to make sure your timing is spot on.
This is a great riff for your right hand coordination and accuracy. It isn’t exactly the same notes as the original song, but the main vibe is there and it sounds pretty good. If you’re a singer/guitarist, try putting vocals on top of it as well for some extra challenge.
I hope you get something out of this exercise and it leads you to improving your craft that little bit more.
Until next time, have a good one!