System of a Down – Toxicity (Riff)

Toxicity (Tab)

A very tricky one to get right. It’s in 6/8 time (I think). The best way to count the bar is 1,2,3,2,2,3 (I think). And it’s best to play this one with a pick (that one I’m pretty sure on).

Here’s me definitely getting it wrong:


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  1. Boughter March 9th, 2010 7:31 pm

    I always counted 6/8 as “HAM-BUR-GER HAM-BUR-GER” (over enunciate), but that’s a little childish… “One and a 2 and a” works pretty well for me.

  2. mcnilly March 10th, 2010 7:45 am

    Well that was really quite awesome. I think i shall have a stab at that soon. Nice work!

  3. Woodshed March 10th, 2010 5:04 pm

    Boughter: Thanks. I’ll give the ham-bur-ger technique a try (even if it does make me hungry just saying the word).

    mcnilly: Good luck with it!

  4. Spicemaster Fresh March 10th, 2010 9:14 pm

    I count 6/8 as “one-two-three-ONE-two-three”… anyway I love this tune and this is a nice tab.

    Buuuuuut… I’m a bit confused as to why it is in the nightmare tabs category. I picked this up on about the 3rd try and I’m not that good a uke player. What confused me even more is the fact that “Sailor’s Hornpipe” is in the Tricky tabs and not nightmare!

  5. Woodshed March 11th, 2010 7:26 pm

    Spicemaster Fresh: I have to admit the tags are inconsistently applied. The difficultly is mainly down to how pissed off with trying to play it I was when I tagged them. I just couldn’t get the timing right on this one.

  6. Vatsal March 12th, 2010 1:51 am

    Great tab! I would also agree; I’m not a very good uke player, but I’m picking it up pretty fast (though measures 7 and 8 are tripping m up), but I’m not really worrying about the timing and playing it mostly by ear on what sounds like the song. One thing, how do you damp the A string when playing those chords?

  7. Jam March 14th, 2010 10:06 pm

    What I do is either pluck the three strings with my first three fingers or add in an extra note.
    So you play the chords as 1346 and 0235. It can be a bit of a stretch for your pinky but it gives the chords a nice full feeling as well.

    Great tab, one of my new favourites to play

  8. ryan June 1st, 2010 5:03 pm

    awsome tab now all i have to do is learn it :P

  9. Woodshed June 6th, 2010 12:13 pm

    ryan: Good luck with it.

  10. nina June 25th, 2010 5:11 am

    I think it’s actually in 12/8 if that makes any difference to anyone.

  11. Woodshed June 26th, 2010 5:09 pm

    nina: Thanks. That would work.

  12. Dan February 28th, 2016 10:28 pm

    What are those lines under the 3-2-0-2-0 ?

    I wouldn’t even know how to look that up(I tried “how to read tabs”

  13. Woodshed February 29th, 2016 9:23 am

    Dan: Those show the rhythm. There’s a guide to reading tab here.

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