Creep Guitar Lesson – Radiohead

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In this video guitar lesson, I will show you note-for-note how to play Radiohead’s breakthrough hit “Creep”.

In this Creep guitar lesson, I will not only show you all the chords, but in addition, I will break down guitarist Jonny Greenwood’s tremolo picked octaves played during all the chorus’ including the extended ending chorus.

The entire song is based around a simple four chord progression using bar chords. When playing these chords you will need to use an arpeggio picking style throughout all the verse sections. There is no definitive picking pattern because it changes gradually throughout the song. The main thing you will need to focus on during the picking pattern is to slowly make your way to the higher pitched strings every time you play through the verse chords. This will all make a lot more sense after watching the video lesson.

The real guitar fireworks happen during the chorus when the distortion is kicked in and we have a couple of separate guitar parts being played simultaneously. During the first chorus you will begin the octave melody when the C major chord arrives. The first chorus cuts the octave melody short, but the extended chorus and the end of the song let’s the entire octave melody be heard.

When learning this extended octave part, you may need to watch that section of the lesson multiple times and memorize the numbers of the frets to play the octaves on a section at a time. The chord form never changes and it always remains on the same strings so you can just focus on the fret numbers and the rapid tremolo picking.

Speaking of that tremolo picking, just as I suggest it the video lesson, rapid strumming is easier on the picking hand if you temporarily raise your wrist. It gives you a better angle to strike the strings and helps you keep your wrist and forearm relaxed, which is essential when attempting something that is this fast for this long amount of time.

So enjoy learning this incredible Radiohead classic, it is definitely one of my favorites from the 90’s. ūüôā

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  1. Great work man

  2. i really use the shit out of your youtube channel i feel like i should give u money… nobody does it like you thorough…so patient…Anyone just getting to this guys channel: Ive learned easily 25 song from Carl this is the one of the easiest he posted. This man is a beast.

  3. Hi sir! can you make a lesson of Far behind by Candlebox?

  4. Jacob Lewis-Jones

    Your deffo my fave instructor

  5. Do a cover on the guitar part of "Under Pressure" by Logic (its on the full song version and the guitar part starts at 3:24 in the full version video) people vote for this please!!!

  6. he plays the song all the songs neat unlike Marty Swartz

  7. Pranjal Chaudhry

    what distortion effect are you using ???

  8. Such a beautiful song.

  9. Galo Eduardo Del Pozo Roman

    You are the Best

  10. thanks buddy! i was looking this one

  11. I'm the 666 like :0

  12. Really well done, thanks man, it helped alot

  13. is this ok w an acoustic

  14. Enrique Gonzales

    Thanks! Helped me out a lot. Can you do Nobody Else By Los Lonely Boys?

  15. moving that pinky while picking those barre chords is the part that messes me all up, great lesson of a truly great song. i know radiohead says this song almost "ruined" them, but it is still my favorite song from them….

  16. Great lesson Carl. Thanks again for such great song choices.

  17. Great lesson Carl. Thanks again for such great song choices.

  18. Eduardo Calvillo

    La explicaci√≥n es muy clara…claro con la variable del idioma, sin embargo es muy sencilla y simple la explicaci√≥n para la ejecuci√≥n de los acordes.

  19. Emilio vallarino

    can you list the picking pattern plz

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