Jam Track: Grunge

Draw on a di­verse range of rock and metal in­flu­ences as you jam over TG’S 90s style back­ing track

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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!

Kim Thayil: the ar­chi­tect be­hind Soundgar­den’s epoch-defin­ing gui­tar tones

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