Spoonman

By: Soundgarden

I was playing this main riff wrong my entire life.

There are some quick chord changes in the main riff that I hadn’t picked up on before. 30 years later, I’m still discovering things in these songs! Growing up in the 90s, Soundgarden were one of my favourite bands, and I’m so glad to dive deeper into this one and find those little nuances.

In measure 2 before the change to the A5 chord (7th fret), there’s a quick change back to the 12th fret. Also, before the 3rd fret power chord in measure 3 (F5), there a quick change to A5 (7th fret).

When I learned this song back in the day, I had left those 2 chords out and played it much more simplistic.

As well, I didn’t know how to play Kim Thayil’s awesome guitar solo – it had seemed too much like a chaos of D minor pentatonic notes at the time. Totally cool to get this one down note for note! This definitely opens up the door to doing more Soundgarden in the future.

Original Artist: 
Soundgarden
Release Date:
1994
TITLE:
Spoonman
Tuning:
Drop D

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Backing Track Video

Here is the backing track video for Spoonman, with my main rhythm and solo tracks removed. This will make it easier to jam along with the Soundgarden cover recording lesson, and still be allow you to read the guitar tab. For even more control, check out the Spoonman isolated tracks below. 

Spoonman was recorded in Drop D tuning.
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Tone Screenshots

Here are some of my screenshots, so that you can see exactly how I achieved my Spoonman guitar tones. I matching the solo and rhythm section tones from the Soundgarden recording as closely as possible. Patrons can reach out with any tone questions you may have.

Solo

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Isolated TRACKS (mp3)

Here are the drums, bass and other background tracks to jam along to Spoonman. I've also included all of my isolated guitar tracks in case you really want to hear what's going on. Isolated tracks are normally very difficult to find online, and can be very helpful in cracking a difficult solo tab.
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