I was watching a few youtube tutorials for “Hysteria” by Muse - Josh’s is excellent - and there’s something I don’t understand. In the second half of the first bar literally every person I found plays it by staying on the A string and going down to the 5th to 8th frets, like this:
G: D: A: 0 0 10 0 10 12 0 10 0 7 0 8 8 7 5 7 E:
I don’t get it. Wouldn’t it be simpler to play that on the E string? Your fingers are already there, and the start of the second measure comes back up there anyway.
I tried it like this:
G: D: A: 0 0 10 0 10 12 0 10 0 0 E: 12 13 13 12 10 12
keeping to a box around the 10th-13th fret, and it seemed easier to me, despite the added string crossing. That said, I’m a long way from being able to play this at even half speed very well, and as mentioned 100% of the ones I watched played it the first way, and so does Wolstenholme, so I assume I am missing something.
Does that added string crossing just become cumbersome at full tempo? It’s kind of a relentless bassline so I could understand that.
I love this bassline so I’m kind of making it my (very) long term goal.