Posted by: Glenelg Guitar Studio | January 26, 2018

Heart shaped box

Heart Shaped Box by Nirvana. It’s a classic rock song from 1993 from a band that was only around from 1988 to 1994 but since that time has become one of the best selling rock bands of all time selling over 75 million records.

Formed by singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1987. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers, the longest-lasting being Dave Grohl, who joined in 1990. Despite releasing only three full-length studio albums in their seven-year career, Nirvana has come to be regarded as one of the most influential and important alternative bands in history. Though the band dissolved in 1994 after the death of Cobain, their music maintains a popular following and continues to influence modern rock and roll culture…. Wikipedia

I admit I have no idea what the lyrics mean and they have been open to interpretation for years, so your guess is as good as mine. Maybe the fact that Kurt Cobain once said that he writes the lyrics minutes before recording and they may have nothing to do with the title, has something to do with the lyric mystery.

This piece can be learnt by students around grade 2 standard. It includes a range of skills including notes, arpeggios, bends and power chords, which makes it not only a great piece of music but introduces  a number of factors into the one piece.

I have put together a snippet of the song so you you can hear what can be achieved at this level and make sure you check out the second video for the Nirvana original and maybe you can work out the lyrics 🙂


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