About A Girl Guitar Lesson – Nirvana

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One of the standout tracks from Nirvana’s debut album Bleach, “About a Girl” had to wait until the release of Nirvana’s MTV unplugged album to gain international recognition.

In this About a Girl guitar lesson, I am going to show you how to play the original electric guitar version of this now classic song by the most important band of the grunge era.

Apparently, “About a Girl” was written by Kurt Cobain after an afternoon of listening to nothing but Meet The Beatles! Cobain was a HUGE Beatles fan and their pop sensibilities are highly apparent throughout most of Nirvana’s music.

Kurt Cobain was able to successfully combine the strong melodic pop craft of the Beatles, and add a huge punk rock element to it. The results of this changed the history of music forever.

As for the song itself, “About a Girl” starts off with just a simple E minor and G major chord progression. He is using a clean tone guitar here and unlike many Nirvana songs, he keeps the tone relatively clean throughout most of the first half of the song.

Nothing really challenging with these chords. I think “About a Girl” would even be a great song for a beginning guitarist to learn. The whole thing consists of only basic open position chords and power chords.

We also have a cool little solo to take a look at as well. Again, this solo is quite simple and can be learned by just about any level of guitarist.

So have fun with this Nirvana classic!

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  1. What's the tuning?

  2. tuning?

  3. dont stop by the rolling stones please?

  4. You don't have to do have to do a full g chord no wonder I've been struggling with this

  5. Easiest solo in the history of music, yet so great.

  6. This guy and Justin are great instructors. Marty was ok years ago when I first started but he seems mediocre at best when it comes to his playing.

  7. Thanks for this, I couldn't find the right tabs for the solo and this helped a lot!

  8. great lessons. Cheers for the help

  9. your lessons are the best man, thanx again…could you do any rancid or afi lessons? there is literally like no rancid and afi lessons on youtube for some reason. thankfully there are many nirvana lessons. thanx again carl….

  10. Antonio xcecutor2

    thank you so much, youre the best!

  11. Great Lesson!

  12. Thanks so much for this- I thought this song would be complicated but u broke it down really well! This'll give me a nice break from English essays.

  13. I love Nirvana. 

  14. what kind of guitar are you using?

  15. Great lesson. Please make lessons of some Avenged Sevenfold's songs.

  16. Another great lesson! Could you please do a Great White Buffalo lesson? Thank you

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