Jon Bishop goes around the cycle of 5ths with ever increasing speed as he performs this modern prog masterpiece for GT.
New BorN was released as a single in 2001 and taken from Muse’s multi-platinum selling second album, origin of symmetry. The track is a rock extravaganza and, as usual with this great band, features some fun parts including an ear-grabbing whammy pedal solo.
as an additional treat we have included an arrangement of the introduction that you can have a go at on guitar. The introduction was originally recorded on electric piano, but playing these arpeggios on guitar works well and provides a nice alternate-picking study.
The song is in the key of e Minor and uses chords from the harmonised e Natural minor scale (e F# Ga B C D). If we harmonise e Natural minor we get the following chords: em-F#dim-G-am-Bm-C-D. To strengthen the pull back to e minor, the B minor chord is changed to a B major. This gives a strong sounding, perfect cadence from B major (V chord) to e minor (I chord). The only other non-diatonic chord is the Bb diminished 7th, which again is ear-grabbing, and an unusual and subtle addition for a heavy rock song.
The main riff is performed using drop D tuning, which adds extra depth to the sound and makes the power chord part easier to play (see Technique Focus). The power chords in the riff are linked together with chromatic passages and this gives the riff its particularly striking and typically Muse-like character.
From a tempo point of view the song is quite fast and just keeps getting faster. The opening piano section is at 146bpm and this transitions into the guitar riff, which moves up a gear to 153bpm. To up the excitement even more, the tempo moves up to 156bpm for the final section of riffs.
The 153bpm tempo makes the 16th-note (semiquaver) strumming pattern in the verse quite a challenge to play consistently, and this is a good test of your stamina. a good tip is to keep the strumming hand going, even in the gaps between striking the strings.
In addition to our usual audio version of the whole song, you’ll find a backing track with all the transcribed guitar parts removed so you can play along until the ‘muse’ takes you. and as it’s such a great number we thought real bass and drums were a must. so many thanks to Pete riley for recording and performing the drums and to Pat Hughes for providing the bass. Have fun!
I think New Born is one of our favorite tracks off Origin Of Symmetry. It is a great live track
Chris Wolstenholme, Muse