This week’s birthdays include Brian May of Queen (July 19), Carlos Santana (July 20) and Yusef “Cat Stevens” Islam (July 21). Also on July 20 was Chris Cornell, frontman for Soundgarden, a groundbreaking grunge quartet who peaked in the early ’90s alongside other Seattle bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Soundgarden is known for their alternative tunings, odd time signatures, and dark lyrics (“Black Hole Sun,” “Black Rain,” “Fell on Black Days”…).
As great as their songs are, Soundgarden and their contemporaries were also known for that distinctive alt-metal guitar sound, achieved primarily through distortion pedals and power chords. If you like the former, you definitely need to master the latter, ideally by watching the lessons in our Technique Library, all taught by Seattleite Rob Hampton.
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That Powerful Seattle Sound