How to play Come As You Are on guitar

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana performs live
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Along with Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nirvana’s Come As You Are is routinely voted one of the greatest guitar riffs of all time – and that makes it essential learning for any guitarist.

Just two frets are required to play the riff, so it’s an ideal song for any players who have just picked up their first beginner electric guitar.

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Steve Allsworth

Steve is one of the UK’s most versatile guitar players and professional music educators. He has toured and played for the likes of Mica Paris, Lily Allen, Ronan Keating, Lulu, Westlife and Lianne Rimes. Between performing in the West End and recording as a busy session musician, Steve also regularly writes for Total Guitar and Guitar Techniques magazines. He’s also BIMM London’s Head of LPW (Live Performance Workshop) and one of its senior guitar specialists. He loves to share his knowledge and passion for playing and getting the best from guitarists, whatever the level.