Smashing Pumpkins Style Riffs

By Darren DeFranco


Hey guys,

The Smashing Pumpkins are a diverse alternative band known for layering guitar parts. One of their favorite strategies is to use a chord melody approach, typically alternating between high and low notes. Today we’ll show you common chord shapes to use and scale tones to add in. We really think you’re going to enjoy this technique!

Have fun guys!


Master the examples we showed you and then simply try to improvise using this technique. Grab that A shape major chord and add in those scale tones – try hammering on, pulling off, and rotating between high and low notes. Get creative!


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