Hysteria Guitar Lesson – Muse

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In this Hysteria guitar lesson, I will show you to play this early hit from Muse in it’s entirety.

“Hysteria” is off of their third studio album Absolution, which is the first time I began to listen to them. The album quickly became my favorite album of the year, and “Hysteria” one of my favorite tracks.

The song is in standard tuning and is dominated by bass guitar, but I will just be focusing on Matthew Bellamy’s guitar parts.

Matthew Bellamy’s guitar parts, start with the opening pick slide.

After that intro, the main riff appears with Bellamy playing an octave melody interspersed with melodic bends.

The guitar drops out during the verse, but comes back in for the powerful chorus. This chorus section is made up of mostly simple power chords, but the endings of each chorus are a little bit different so you will want to pay close attention to that.

After the second chorus we have a really cool bridge riff that sends us off into the solo.

In the solo, I recommend using the neck pickup (unlike I did in the video lesson) in order to more closely recreate the tone of the original recording. There are also some extra effects added to the guitar tone as well.

The solo contains some really melodic intervallic playing that resolves into a laidback arpeggio sequence. It is a very original and musical solo.

After the solo, the song concludes with the chorus and the bridge riff to close out the song.

I hope you enjoy learning this great track from the incomparable Muse! #hysteriaguitarlesson #muse #guitarcovers



  1. What IS that accent? Georgia? Carolina? Dig the lessons. Thx!

  2. Shanto XD Manoukian

    How do you get that sound do you need an octave pedal or is it just distortion

  3. am request plisss ……..Marty Friedman – "UNDERTOW

  4. Дно ритм потерял

  5. More nu metal who’s with me

  6. just the first little effect sliding with the pick was an eye opener. I always played the slide without pushing into the frets and I always wondered why I couldn't get it to sound anything close to the record.

  7. Excellent…. thanks

  8. Is this song in open d tuning ¿?

  9. Please do the super massive black hole one….please sensei…

  10. WOW the solo! HATS OFF…

  11. Thank you so much! So fantastic . Great lesson!

  12. Reshan Kariyawasam

    Could you please upload tutorial for Avenged Sevenfold – Unholy Confessions ?

  13. love your vids. straight to the point and no nonsense. Btw what pickups are on your strat

  14. What effects do we need…and what is the tuning?

  15. I gave up at 7:00 🙁

  16. What tone/pedal are you using?

  17. Hi, sir. I love your lessons, but I also love the tone on your Strat, so can you tell me what pickups you use, please?

  18. Damn dude! Just typed in "hysteria – muse tutorial" and here you are! Uploaded just a week ago. Thanks!!!

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