How to Play All ApologetiX
Tue., Aug. 1. 2006 12:44pm EDT
Karl from ApologetiX here,
At the end of the concert in Port Deposit, MD last friday a very young and equally talented 10 year-old budding guitarist named David came up to me, after we'd packed all our gear out and said, "Excuse me, sir. If you have moment, I'd like to show you something I can play on the guitar."
I stopped the roadies, and unpacked my guitar and he played a couple songs for me that were really well done! And one that he was working on was "All ApologetiX," a parody of "All Apologies" by Nirvana.
His teacher tried to teach him the "easy" way, showing it to him in a different key to avoid confusing the boy with the different tuning that Nirvana uses on that song. ("Dropped D" tuning involves tuning the lowest string on the guitar from its usual "E" to a lower, grungier, "D". First made popular by Kings X, but now the essential tuning of every band from Nickelback to Velvet Revolver.)
I thought David could handle it, so I asked our tour photographer to put the camera on movie mode, and in the 2 minutes I had (and as fried as we were after the show!), I showed him how to tune down and how to play the main riffs of the song. I promised him I'd send him the movie. I'm posting it here since maybe a couple other folks might get a kick out of it.
I hadn't played the song in probably ten years, and it did take a couple times through to get it totally right- there's a couple flubs on the video, but you get the idea :)