Grunge IV - Mudhoney

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Welcome to the fourth lesson of this series based on Grunge Style.

    In this lesson I covered the style of Mudhoney, an alternative band formed in 1988. Their early releases on Sub Pop, particularly debut single "Touch Me I'm Sick" and the Superfuzz Bigmuff EP, were massively influential on the Seattle music scene, helping more than almost any other releases of the era to inspire the dirty, high-distortion sound that would become grunge.

    Music Style:
    As you could read earlier, this band has been one of the pioneers of this style. Their sound was a mix of heave blues rock with punk rock. Their noisy, dirty and distorted sound inspired nonetheless grunge and alternative rock bands. That dirty sound was usually generated with the use of fuzz guitar pedals set with a lot of gain, and a wild and aggressive way of playing guitar.

    Tonality & Chord Progression:
    This tune is in G#m. I analyzed their most known songs to create a tune that used a progression that can be related with what they used to compose. We can say that their progressions come from blues and punk music, creating a their own way of combining chords, that some years later has been made very popular thanks to Kurt Cobain and Nirvana.

    The secret behind their original guitar job is not a difficult technique. It’s is a clever use of guitar tones and a wild and dirty combination of power chords and rocker lead arrangements. This is not a difficult lesson, we will basically use alternate picking, bending and vibrato.

    I used my Pod HD 500 to record this lesson. I used a vox ac30 emulation with the addition of a fuzz pedal also emulated with the Pod processor. If you want the tone you can ask for it at my personal board. My guitar is a Gibson Les Paul Studio.

    I used standard 440.

    135 bpm.

    OK friends - turn on your Fuzz pedals and let's rock!

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