Foo Fighters – Big Me

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Foo Fighters Big MeInstead of resting on his laurels or taking an extended hiatus from the scene following the death of Kurt Cobain, ex-Nirvana drum­mer Dave Grohl went into the studio and recorded more than a dozen of his original songs. Playing all of the instruments, he completed the project in record time. Mostly first takes, the basic rhythm tracks were done in two and a half days, and the album was finished in seven days. Now that’s a work ethic! Dave labeled the project Foo Fighters, and formed the band after Capitol released the recording.

Moving out from behind the drums, Grohl fronts the group, playing guitar and singing lead. Seen as a major post-Nirvana event by skeptical critics and hope­ful fans, the music stands beautifully on its own merits, and if anything, owes as much to the Beatles as it does to Nirvana and the alternative music scene.

The Chords. Big Me

The Beatles’ influence in the music is a subtle issue, yet unmistakable. The use of ringing open chords, the supportive strum­ming approach and the power pop attitude all acknowledge the indirect influence of the Fab Four, but make no mistake – Dave is his own man and has clearly put his own stamp on the song. The piece is exclusively chordal, based on simple, common shapes trans-formed by Grohl’s musicality and the hon­esty and craftsmanship of his songwriting approach. The main rhythm figure is exem­plary. Here, a handful of open-position chords are seamlessly connected through a useful principle known as common-tone fingering [Fig. 1]. Notice that the C, Am7, Gadd11 and F chords are bound together by a note which occurs in all four chords. This is the C note, 2nd string, 1st fret. Use your index finger as a guide finger during the progres­sion – keep it fretted on the C note through­out the changes. Not only does it make the changes easier and the shifting of shapes more efficient, it opens the door to finding interesting voicings (like the Am7 and the Gadd11) on the neck through purely physi­cal, guitar-oriented means. The common tone principle was one used frequently by the Beatles and hence practically every major pop and rock songwriter post-1965. Also check out the prevalent use of the G/D chord, basically just open strings hit in time between chord changes. This was consistent­ly found in the rhythm guitar playing of John Lennon.

Another point in the chord progression where you can apply a variation of the com­mon shape thinking is in the change from C to C7 [Fig. 2]. In this case, the overall chord shape stays the same (C) and the seventh is added by moving the pinky over from the 1st string to the 3rd string.

Foo Fighters Big Me Guitar Tab

It’s a part of Foo Fighters Big Me guitar tab and music sheet.

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  Foo Fighters Big Me with backing track


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