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What's up, it's Mike from Guitar Tricks, teaching you "Tumble In The Rough" as made famous by Stone Temple Pilots. This is an energetic, uptempo, and trashy grunge classic that features some crushing rhythm work and killer leads.

This song features 3 guitar layers. Guitar 1 is a lo-fi sounding guitar that bookends the tune with a spiffy riff. Guitar 2 is a thick crunch guitar laying out some powerful riffing. Guitar 3 is the lead guitar that plays some textbook rock licks through the last half of the song.

The intro riff is a nasty lo-fi tone playing a sneaky riff with a pedal low G note and shifting notes on top - it's almost quasi Chuck Berry-ish! The band explodes in and the main riff is a rocking chord progression in G minor with lots of space to make the power chords punch, then pull back to give the drums center stage to emphasize the backbeat. There's also lots of ghost note muted chunks in between the chord punches to spice things up. The second half of the verse plays the intro riff, and the chorus pounds out some steady power chords, keeping the attitude and energy up the whole time. The guitar solo rips into some great bending and sliding licks before settling into a repeated lick that creates tension all the way through the final sections of the song!

To play this song using a single guitar, you would start the intro out with Guitar 1, and switch to Guitar 2 for most of the song. You would change to Guitar 3 for the guitar solo only.

In the following lessons, we'll talk about power chords, 8th note strumming, muted strums, and some textbook rock licks. We are in the key of G minor, with a 4/4 time signature, at a tempo of 136 BPM.