In today's lesson we are going to learn how to play "Plug In Baby" by one of modern rock's greatest bands, Muse.
Guitarist Matthew Bellamy opens up "Plug In Baby" with a riff which Total Guitar magazine readers voted as the #1 ultimate guitar riff of the 2000s.
In this Plug In Baby guitar lesson video we will learn that riff, which is quite long, as well the main chords used during the chorus. Those are actually the only two real guitar parts in the whole song.
The killer opening guitar riff is played multiple times throughout the song and is quite unique. It contains certain patterns or sequences within it that, as soon as you understand them, make learning the whole riff much easier. In this video lesson, while I am demonstrating this riff, I will show you how to see those patterns so you can memorize everything much faster.
On a technical level I would put "Plug In Baby" at about an intermediate level. That main riff certainly does move around quite a bit, especially after the band joins in. You will have to rapidly pick across strings, alternate pick through a few ascending picking sequences and throw a couple half step bends in there as well.
What is really cool though is that after you have the riff under your fingers you will find that it fits the rhythm underneath perfectly. It just simply grooves. Once you lock into this groove you simply won't want to stop practicing this hypnotic riff. So don't get bogged down with all the notes there are to learn. It will be well worth the effort when you are done.
As for the chorus, we have just a few repetitive power chords to play through, no big deal. Most of your efforts will be learning the main riff.
Muse is certainly not only one of the most successful modern rock bands, but also one of the most creative. Their style is a unique combination of everything from Queen to Metallica to dare I say it, Rachmaninoff.
So if your looking for a great song to learn with epic and challenging riffs I don't think you can do much better these days than "Plug In Baby".
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