Interstate Love Song
by Stone Temple Pilots • Lesson #476 • Mar 7, 2023
Hey there, friends! In today’s lesson I’ll teach you how to play Interstate Love Song by Stone Temple Pilots (1994). I’ll be simplifying a handful of elements in this song, making it quite a bit more accessible to everyday acoustic guitar players. This includes an easier version of the main riff, more conventional voicings of the verse chords, and several alternatives for the E-sus strum heard after the main riff and each verse. This song has always been one of my favorites from the early 90s, and I’m quite excited to share this full lesson with you! I hope you enjoy.
An uninterrupted playthrough of the intro, verse, and chorus sections with tabs, chords, and strumming notation shown on the screen for you to follow along with.
Intro Lead Guitar Backing Track
If you’d like to practice the lead guitar solo heard in the opening 15 seconds of this song, use this video for a rhythm backing track. It repeats the opening chords 8 times, with a short break between each round, while showing the lead guitar tabs on the screen for you to play.
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Related Technique Lessons
Here’s a few of my previous lessons that’ll help with some of the techniques used in this song. I’m including the “triangle” A-major voicing, which I find invaluable during the verse progression. Likewise, if you’re new to string bending check out my Beginner Blues Bends video. Lastly, the slap strum — you’ll need this if you want to get that scratchy sound during the verse sections.
Playing A-major with big fingers or a small fretboard
Blues Bends: A Getting Started Guide
Slap strumming basics (percussive rhythm technique)
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Stone Temple Pilots album version:
Stone Templie Pilots live acoustic version:
Rick Beato’s What Makes This Song Great video on this song:
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