Jam Track: Grunge
Draw on a diverse range of rock and metal influences as you jam over TG’S 90s style backing track
Often unfairly disparaged as the style that killed off the guitar solo, grunge is a diverse genre with no shortage of six-string greats. Though a fan of 70s hard rock, Aerosmith, AC/ DC, Queen and so on, Kurt Cobain would channel his punk and alt-rock influences in Nirvana. Pearl Jam’s unabashed love of classic rock has always been evident, the band regularly covering songs by Neil Young and The Who in live shows, and you can hear the influence of Jimi Hendrix in guitarist Mike Mccready’s solos. There’s a strong heavy metal contingent among grunge’s big hitters too, with Soundgarden fusing Sabbath-esque riffs with punk sensibilities, and Alice In Chains arguably as much a metal band as they are grunge purists.
With so many influences to draw on, it’s open season when you come to jam over this month’s backing track. Play loose and punky, Nirvana style, try a more traditional bluesrock approach or aim for something more progressive and lyrical. The choice is yours!
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