Chris Cornell Riffs

Soundgarden – Spoonman

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A typically off-kilter Soundgarden riff. It’s seven beats long so I’ve split it into a bar of 4/4 and a bar of 3/4.

I hope you’ve got a capo ready because a lot of these use a capo to get in the right key.

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Temple of the Dog – Hunger Strike

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From the album Chris Cornell made with what went on to be Pearl Jam in tribute to Mother Love Bone singer Andrew Wood.

The riff transfers very nicely to ukulele. I’m using thumb and two finger picking to play it.

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Audioslave – Cochise

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This one, on the other hand, sounds pretty ridiculous on ukulele. But fun to play all the same.

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Soundgarden – Rusty Cage

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The first Soundgarden song I ever heard thanks to MTV2’s 120 Minutes back in the day.

For this one I tuned the C-string down to A. Which is the point it starts to get wobbly and doesn’t hold the tuning well. An alternative is to use a low-G with the G tuned up to A. The move everything from the third string to the fourth.

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Soundgarden – Rhinosaur

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From Soundgarden’s underrated Down on the Upside. It’s packed with great riffs and my favourite album of theirs. But it didn’t do anywhere near as well as Superunknown and the band (temporarily) broke up after it.

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  1. Howlin' Hobbit May 27th, 2017 3:57 pm

    the subject of Spoonman is my longtime friend Artis the Spoonman. (and yes, that’s him playing spoons on the recording.)

    if it wasn’t out of print, you could also hear him playing spoons on a track from the first CD of my band, Snake Suspenderz. from way back when we were a mere duo instead of our current quartet.

  2. Woodshed May 28th, 2017 10:20 pm

    Hobbit: I didn’t know he was on your record. That’s great.

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