UG Weekend Riff: Part 8

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Introduction:

Nu-Metal Special. Nu-Metal is a dying genre, so it's best we bring you some top riffs from it's glory days while it's still around!

Gear Settings:

You'll want to set your amp up something like this:

  • Drive: 8
  • Treble: 8
  • Mid: 4
  • Bass: 8
  • Reverb: 0

    To get those scooped mids and to avoid any bluesy reverb. The bridge humbuckers, rhythmic and suposedly more effective on the low notes, is your weapon of choice here. Of course, you'll need to down-tune a pretty long way to make these sound exact... unless you have a 7-string handy! If not, you can always play in Drop-D with everything much higher. Now to the tabs!

    Audio & Tab:

  • Slipknot: People=Shit

    First up we have an absolute classic. Slipknot's People=Sh*t is a great example of the grinding, de-tuned riffs that define this brand of music. The intro is notated here, played on the lower strings of a BC Rich by the talented shredder Mick Thompson (his solos were cut from the first two Slipknot albums, making him suitably annoyed). Use your second and first finger to fret the pair of double stops and alternate pick then use your standard power-chord shape and an open E-string (albeit tuned to B). After the first three bars, single notes are played palm muted with sudden tremelo picking around the 12th fret. Getting to this position will take some practice but other than this the main problem should be the speed. From there on the rest of the song is made of different variations of the same thing. Now, come along everyone! Sing those catchy lyrics with me!

    155 bpm                                              . . . . C#| ----------------- | ----------------- | --------- | G#|:----------------- | -----------------:| --------- |  E| ----------------- | ----------------- | -7-7-7-7- |  B| ----------------- | ----------------- | -7-7-7-7- | F#|:-6-5-0-0-3-2-0-0- | -6-5-0-0-3-2-0-0-:| -5-5-5-5- |  B| -6-5-0-0-3-2-0-0- | -6-5-0-0-3-2-0-0- | -0-0-0-0- | PM|

  • 79 comments sorted by best / new / date

      HallucinoGenic
      free_iraq: hell yeah. corey taylor and korn. you rule geldof. keep these tunes coming! NO GUNS N ROSES SHIT. JUST PURE METAL. how about sad but true by metallicer next?
      Well personally i listened to all the midi files and i dont want to spend my time having to learn these riffs because they dont sound interesting to me, i did like the previous riffs though (G&R, Dire Straits) Anyway, i do realize that a lot of people do like stuff like the above riffs, and i think its great to have variety. Every time i see half the people say that the riff is great and the other half saying it is crap and they want other genres, so if everybody will just stop complaining and just plays the riffs that they like and skip the ones that they dont, we dont have a problem! Isnt that brilliant? NO IT ISNT! everybody with enough intelligence to work a guitaramp should be able to figure that one out
      bennie_2006
      ^i agree but settle down bro, nu metal wasnt all bad but neither is the other genres u mentioned, be open minded and yes music will continue to evolve thats why music is so amazing.
      matty2fatty
      Please quit whinning like a bunch of girls i dont know if you have realized it yet but people dont change cause you cry like little girls that their type of music sucks...Dont like it turn the channel, dont like it dont read the tab, dont like it dont read about it this site is HUGE i think you can find the things you like without a problem thats why there is a search bar use it for the love of god
      how about if you quit your f.ucking whining and go hug a tree
      SadisticKitty
      Please quit whinning like a bunch of girls i dont know if you have realized it yet but people dont change cause you cry like little girls that their type of music sucks...Dont like it turn the channel, dont like it dont read the tab, dont like it dont read about it this site is HUGE i think you can find the things you like without a problem thats why there is a search bar use it for the love of god
      free_iraq
      ok, so maybe korn and slipknot ain't "pure" metal, but guns n roses is definitely not metal.
      matty2fatty
      apparently we have different versions of metal. what i consider korn and slipknot to be is industrial, not metal, and a douchebag is what a woman uses to clean and deodorize her vagina. so what would you consider GNR, or metallica, or korn, or slipknot?
      free_iraq
      what in the blue hell are you talkin about. guns n roses are about as metal as a plank of wood. (and what the phuck is a douchebag?
      SilentDeftone
      Brink Hyren: I suggest that some Dream Theater gets done eventually. Maybe 'As I Am'?
      I agree. Except I'd like to see The YTSE Jam instead.
      matty2fatty
      NO GUNS N ROSES SHIT. JUST PURE METAL. how about sad but true by metallicer next?
      GNR are every bit as metal as metallica. or metallicer. whatever it is. quit being such an ignorant douchebag.
      deftmusic420
      sharkeyanti: Nu Metal is a dying breed and you're SAD?! Man, I wish it really was dead, and I'll be happy when its gone. Yuck, what a generic genre. [POSTED: 07 August 2004 - 13:56]| what the ***, dude?! wanna talk about a generic genre? how bout, 80's hair metal(retarded "heavy" riffs, big-jumble-of-notes solo, big hair, sing about ***ing girls and getting laid), or how bout country(my dog died, my truck broke down, and my girl's cheatin on me... or ... go usa, *** everyone else), or how bout MTV pop punk today, eh? guys dressed all hardcore but they play puss ass music about boys and girls kissing... sure, nu-metal didn't have the most melodic riffs in the world, but it sure as hell got your head bobbin!! i'm sorry, but i grew up on the shit, and yes, when you look back at it, a lot of it sucked, but oh well! the music scene forever has and forever will evolve! if you don't like it, then simply quit listening to music, quit making music, remove yourself from any and all kind of music in the world, or prove me wrong and hands-down write the best song EVER...
      SadisticKitty
      matty2fatty, I am a goth and my first job was cutting down trees you poor, ignorant soul. Choke on your own spew, please.
      Geldof the Grey
      I was going to do a huge Eric Clapton special next week.. but instead all you little shites get is a pantera riff... hahahahahaha... *does evil dance*
      ndat
      Jesus christ, you don't have to listen to it if you hate it that much. I don't care much for country western music, but I don't want the whole genre to die that would be a shame.
      'tallica07rhcp
      slipnot tab was wierd, but i loved korn, neverd heard that stone sour song, and that whole nu metal arguement is ***in retarded. OPINION DETERMINES TASTE
      (sic)kid
      Dude, playing guitar is all about playing whatever the hell you want to. There is absolutely no obligation that you gotta play songs in standard tuning, cause tuning is one of the factors which causes VARIETY in music. Plus, Slipknot's music can rip your nuts off and shove em down your throat, that's how powerful it is. Go listen to your prep-ass country music, faggots. Long live the Maggots.
      free_iraq
      eric clapton is a racist. i'd eat him alive if i had the chance. pantera is better anyway. as long as it's standard tuning.
      free_iraq
      re seany (which is a gay name) he is a racist cos he said "let's kill all the ethiopians because they are blacks shits." case closed.
      Seany
      eric clapton is a racist.
      i HAVE to hear how you came to that conclusion....
      jedislame
      hey has anyone ever noticed that social d is fun to listen to when drunk. damn and i dont even like punk rock
      them_sell
      how bout next time a classic punk number... and i mean an actual punk number, not blink or anythin like that
      buckethead101
      hey people let's f***** respect the description of the nu metal guitar(down tunings, percussive rhythm work)
      StuartR
      How about The Trooper By Maiden, its a classic and its really easy once you get it down.
      sharkeyanti
      Nu Metal is a dying breed and you're SAD?! Man, I wish it really was dead, and I'll be happy when its gone. Yuck, what a generic genre.
      rhcpcure2826
      hell yeah. corey taylor and korn. you rule geldof. keep these tunes coming! NO GUNS N ROSES SHIT. JUST PURE METAL. how about sad but true by metallicer next?
      you do know that theres no way somebody would be so stupid as to be partisan to a genre that everyone predominantly hates on ug, right? even if everybody likes nu metal, it would suck for a lot of other people. yes, you are dumb.
      Geldof the Grey
      I just don't care... there are the only nu-metal tabs you'll get for ages and next time you've got some eric clapton and then the stariway solo so leave me alone. STOP WHINING!!!
      madman66
      free_iraq: to be honest this tablature sucks. we don't want to have to down tune the fukin guitar.
      You have to de-tune the guitar to play the open notes at the right tone. idiot!
      numetaldude
      this was a good idea. variety is always good. might i suggest "rock n roll all night" for next week?