This week's riff is the 2001 alt-rock classic by Muse, 'Plug In Baby'
The riff is something of a finger-twister, but this makes it a good exercise for developing fret hand coordination. The easiest way to keep track of the constant flow of notes is to use a one-finger-per-fret approach. This takes the guesswork out of choosing which fingers to use. The only time you'll need to drop out of this approach is in bars 5 and 6, where you'll need to move about a bit.
Picking-wise, you can take either an alternate picking approach or, if you prefer, there's no reason why you shouldn't use all downpicking.
The tone isn't easy to recreate. Use a fuzz distortion into an overdrive channel on your amp and use a flanger or phaser set very slow. This is more for harmonic enrichment rather than hearing the actual sound of the modulation effect itself.
'Plug In Baby'
© 2001 Muse
Tutor: Chris Bird
Videographer: Martin Holmes
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