Black Hole Sun Guitar Lesson – Soundgarden

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In this video lesson we are going to take an in-depth look at Soundgarden’s biggest hit “Black Hole Sun”.

This song is full of rarely used guitar chords and some cool techniques as well. In this Black Hole Sun guitar lesson, we are going to learn how to play all of them.

First though, just as I state in the video lesson, you will need to tune your guitar to dropped “D” tuning (DADGBE). Also, the original recording is about a 1/4 step sharp. So if you want to play along with the original recording you will have to adjust for that.

The intro starts with a series of arpeggio picked dropped “D” chord voicings. These chords make a for beautiful and melodic chord sequence and really help set the tone for the rest of the song.

From there the verse is made up of a cool triad based progression played in the high register of the guitar. Here you will need to pay close attention to the phrasing of those arpeggio picked notes. It creates a very atmospheric sound along with the effects. This is also a great exercise due to the awkward chord voicings.

The chorus is similar to the intro but requires you to also play a maj-sus4 barre chord transition that can be a bit tricky.

The rhythm guitar part to the solo uses some cool hammer-ons and slides, but will probably be the easiest section of the song for you to learn.

I would put the level of this song at around an intermediate level due to it’s awkward chord voicings and upper register triad usage. But I also think it would be a great exercise for just about any level player. Have Fun!

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  1. thanks for putting this together! nice work and so helpful

  2. Thanks Carl!

  3. Juan Manuel Ortega Cantin

    RIP Chris Cornell

  4. what is the pedal in the verse??

  5. Could someone please tell me what the string notes are for the sharp tuning he was talking about at the start?

  6. Carl, Thanks for helping me learn this a few years back. I appreciate the new Cornell songs added recently.



  8. Just an absolute classic…need to learn this right now. RIP CC 🙁

  9. I can't seem to keep my G string from sounding flat whenever I go from the fifth to the eighth fret.. Any tips?

  10. Hi, Carl. Thanks so much for all the Chris Cornell lessons. So sad to have lost such a talent. Would you comment briefly on the effects for this song? Sounds like a long reverb with a delay. Best wishes.

  11. great job!

  12. Great lesson man, thank you

  13. thankkkkkkyouuuu

  14. best guitar tutorials on YouTube barnone

  15. thanks!

  16. Tribute to Chris Cornell (1964-2017)

  17. RIP Chris Cornell

  18. Santoso Suwardhono

    What effect pedals are you using for the opening riff?

  19. Pablo Leon Castro

    RIP Chris…

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