Hey, everybody. How’s it going? This is Darrin Goodman with guitarcontrol.com, bringing you this video lesson. Today, I want to show you how to play the acoustic version of Snuff, by Slipknot. This is a pretty cool song. If you’re looking for a song that you can sing while you play, this is a fairly easy one to… You know, it’s not difficult to do the singing and playing at the same time on this. Be sure to click on the link in the description for the tabs, and let’s get close up and take a look.
All right, so the very first thing you’re going to need to do is, if you want to be in the same key that they are, then you need to tune your guitar down a whole step and a half on each stream. It’s not in a drop tuning, but it is tuned down a whole step and a half. All right, so the chords that we have in this, first we have A minor, so fifth string open, second fret of the fourth string with my second finger, second fret of the third string with my third finger, and first fret of the second string with my first finger, and first string is open.
Then we have E minor. Now, a simple way to make the transitions in this is that you’re just going to keep your first finger on the first fret of the second string for almost the entire song. When you transition from A minor to this E minor, all’s you have to do is move your second and third finger from the fourth and third string to the fifth and fourth. Now the sixth string is open, I’m on the second fret of the fifth string with my second finger, second fret of the fourth string with my third finger, third string is open, I’m on the first fret of the second string with my first finger, and the first string is open.
Then from there, we go to F major 7/C. This sounds a lot worse than it actually is. Again, you’re going to keep your first finger on the first fret of the second string. Second finger is going to go to the second fret of the third string. Third finger is going to go to the third fret of the fifth string, and fourth finger’s going to go to the third fret of the fourth string. And the first string is just open.
The only other chord we have in this is G. Now, there’s a couple of ways that you can do this. On the original version of this song, they actually do G5, but for this acoustic version, we can just do regular G major, and we’re basically just adding in one extra note. Either way works. To do G major, we’re on the third fret of the sixth string with your second finger, second fret of the fifth string with your first finger, fourth and third strings are open, and I’m on the third fret of the second string with my third finger and the third fret of the first string with my fourth finger. That’s G major. Now, if you want to do the G5, you just do the same thing, but the note on the fifth string isn’t played, so I’d just take my second finger and kind of lay it down, so it’s muting that fifth string. Either way that you want to do that.
All right, so the song is fairly repetitive, where it’s just the same thing over and over and over again. It’s basically got three parts, two of which that are repeated, and then the one third part is only played once during the song, but we start off with the A minor. Then we switch to the E minor, so we leave our first finger there, and then to the F major 7/C. Just like that for the very first part of like the intro and then the first part of the verse.
Then it just picks up a little bit, to where we’re still playing the same chords, but instead of just doing these one strums, we’ve got this strumming pattern, so we’ve got… For that, we start on the A minor, and it’s down, down-up, down, down-up, down, down-up, down, down-up to the E minor, so it’s like an eighth note and then two 16th notes. One-e-and, two-e-and, three-e-and, four-and, and then on the -and of four is when we switch to the E minor for just one strum, just the -and of four, and then we switch to F major 7/C and do the exact same thing. Again, when we go on to the -and of four, we switch back to the E minor, so it’s just… And that just repeats.
That repeats a couple of times, and then the last time through, where we transition into the chorus, we start out the same. We’re on the A minor, into F major 7, so what’s different when we go to this F major 7 is we’ve got the one-e-and, two-e-and, three-e-and-a, four-e-and-a, so it’s like this buildup for the chorus. And then to the G, A minor, so it’s like the same strum that we were doing on the verse. So we start off with that G, A minor, so it’s like one measure of each, and it repeats three times. Okay, so then after it repeats three times, we’re on the G, and then the F major 7/C, so you’ve got one-e-and-a, two-e-and-a, three-e-and-a, four-e-and-a, so it’s just a straight up and down, up and down, 16th note feel. Then it just goes back into the verse again.
All right, so then it goes like the little intro, the verse, the chorus, second verse, another chorus, and then it goes into this… and there’s like the little solo breaks and stuff throughout it. Then it goes into this bridge section. This is the third part I was talking about. In this, we have A minor, and then we have this A minor add 11/B, and it just sounds so much worse than it actually is. All’s you have to do is take the A minor chord you’re playing and move your second finger from the second fret of the fourth string to the second fret of the fifth string, and leave everything else the same.
Then a C, so again, your first finger can just stay where it is, so now we’re on the third string is open and the fourth string is open, and we’re on the first fret of the second string with our first finger, but we’re also on the second fret of the fourth string with your second finger, the third fret of the fifth string with your third finger. Then E minor, and F major 7/C.
So, for this part here, we’ve got one-e-and-a, and then we switch to the A minor add 11/B, so we just move our second finger from the fourth to the fifth string, also 16th notes, two-e-and-a, and then to C, three-e-and-a, and then on the downbeat of 4, it’s just E minor, so we’ve got… And then to F major 7/C. All right, so that’s basically all the parts to the song, and the song… You don’t necessarily have to tune it down so much. They just do all of their songs are tuned down really low. But you can play the song in standard tuning, other tunings, and it sounds good.
All right, so this guitar is just tuned down a half step instead of the step and a half, and it still sounds good, you know, like… All right, so if this is a song that you want to play and sing along with, then what I’d recommend is start out with it at that lower tuning, and try it there, and see how you feel about it with your voice, and then instead of just changing tunings, just put a capo on the first fret, and then try it on the second fret, until you can kind of find that where your voice is comfortable with singing along with it.
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