Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

I first saw this song on Jools Holland a few years ago and thought, I want to learn that!

The song is generally quite simple with 4 chords in the main riff and the rest is pretty easy.

A D C and a chord i’m not quite sure of, an altered D chord shape on the fifth fret.

Most of this can be pieced together by listening to the song.

Main Riff

A -0–0–0–0–0—-0–0–0–0–0—-3–3–3–3–3—-8–8–8–8–8———

E -0–0–0–0–0—-2–2–2–2–2—-0–0–0–0–0—-5–5–5–5–5———

C -1–1–1–1–1—-2–2–2–2–2—-0–0–0–0–0—-5–5–5–5–5———

G -2–2–2–2–2—-2–2–2–2–2—-0–0–0–0–0—-5–5–5–5–5———

A                                D                                   C                        Barre Chord


A ——0—-0—-0——— And repeat… Towards the end of the chorus it speeds up.

E –0—-0—-0———–

C ————————

G ————————

Alternate Chorus (Is Played occasionally)

A —————–0–0–0–0——————————–

E –0–0–0–0——————————————–

C ——————————————————–

G ——————————0–0–0–0–5–5–5–5——–

Pre-Chorus (Played on 2nd chorus)

A ————————3–3————————5—-3———

E ————————3–3————————5—-3———

C –1–1–1–1–1–1—–4–4—-1–1–1–1–1–1—-6—-4———

G –2–2–2–2–2–2—–5–5—-2–2–2–2–2–2—-7—-5———

This won’t seem to line up but the 3345 is an A shape Barre chord on the 3rd (Lay 1st finder flat on the 3rd fret and make an A shape with your 2nd and third fingers.)and 5567 a barre on the 5th etc.

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  1. sam March 29th, 2011 10:22 pm

    You guys are so awesome. I have learned at least half of my songs from you guys. I was looking for this one for almost a week on different sights. Never again will i look somewhere else for a song before this site

  2. Jonny May 15th, 2011 4:50 pm

    The chord you’re not sure of: it’s an F, just played barre with a C-Shape. You can use an open F but this way it sounds better.

  3. tom April 28th, 2012 2:27 pm

    That is awsome i had learnet it on guitar and wanted to try it on the uke Thank so much for posting this :0

  4. andone November 12th, 2012 4:46 pm

    hi from Italy! thanks for this site! i found some difficult with the strumming, learned from another post in UkeHunt… it’s correct du ddu dud ddu?
    thanks a lot!

    aloha! :-)

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