I'm working off of this tab here: http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/m/mastodon/pendulous_skin_tab.htm

I can play the song off of the guitar pro tab (which is a bit different), and I've seen others (including Brent Hinds) play it similar to what's going on here. My problem is I can't figure out how to position my fingers for the "main" chord:

  Gtr I
  Q.   Q.    Q  E +Q    E   +Q   E Q   E Q  E Q   E

It's the 98997 chord. I can't quite figure it out -- anyone have an idea?

lift your pinky and hit it, mute the string it was on. thats how i would do it.
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Actually that makes a lot of sense. Later in the song there's a slide up to that same chord, and it works out perfectly doing it the way you said:

   Q.   Q.    Q  E +Q    E   +Q   E Q   E Q  E Q   E

Got it now, thanks!