Black Guitar Lesson – Pearl Jam

Black Guitar Lesson - Pearl Jam

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In this Pearl Jam Black guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play this amazing song off of Pearl Jam’s debut album Ten.

The tuning is standard tuning.

For most of the song, guitarist Mike McCready is playing Hendrix style fills over the underlying chord progression. Instead of going into these essentially improvised fills, I will instead include a TAB describing the scales and double-stops he is using to create those fills. Download that below.

In addition to that, I have a couple of video lessons that dive pretty deep into this style of chordal lead guitar work. Using the scales and double-stops from the TAB above, along with the information in these two lessons will enable you to create you own fills just like Mick McCready. Here are the links to those lessons below.

As for the rest of the song, the chord progressions remain pretty simple, especially during the chorus. I will take you through each section of the song in the order that it appears.

Towards the end on the lesson, I will demonstrate the guitar solo. There are a lot of things going on over the solo, which can make it difficult to make out what is being played. I will help you uncover those gems. 🙂

Have Fun! #blackguitarlesson #pearljam #guitarcovers

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  1. what pickups u got

  2. whywecnthvnicethings

    Great playing, but I think this would be better as a tutorial if you had fretboard diagrams in the video, for those of us without a music theory background (what's a dominant 7th?)

  3. Thank you so much Carl. I can't believe I missed this upload. I have my work cut out for me now, learning this and Jeremy, my two favorite Pearl Jam songs. Love your work!

  4. Can you do a guitar lesson of Galaxie by Blind Melon?

  5. Simon Dean-Groves

    Can you do more avenged sevenfold songs

  6. I love the new intro

  7. Marius Kopp Armangué

    Please do Jeremy by Pearl jam

  8. Ivan Ricardo Bazan

    Sirens by Pearl Jam!

  9. The solo from “crushing day” by joe satchriani (idk how to spell it)

  10. PEACE SELLS!!!!!!

  11. Serve the Servants please or sappy sad version

  12. Excelent work Carl. Ohio Neil Young??

  13. can you please do a lesson on whipping post by the allman brothers

  14. Can you please make a lesson about SOAD-Lonely Day

  15. Love your videos can you please do a lesson on Song for Irene?

  16. 22 Acacia Avenue or To Tame a land by Iron Maiden.

  17. Great!

    Could you teach fight fire with fire by Metallica ?

  18. Children of the night Survivor please ☺

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