Chris Wolstenholme’s 10 greatest Muse basslines

Chris Wolstenholme of Muse performs on stage during 2019 iHeartRadio ALTer Ego at The Forum on January 19, 2019 in Inglewood, California.
(Image credit: Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

If you were putting together a shortlist of the world’s top rock bassists in terms of playing ability and all-round technical prowess, Chris Wolstenholme would likely be one of the first names on the list. His trademark fuzz-bass and manic riffing, alongside guitarist Matt Bellamy, have become part of the language of modern-day bass playing.

“The way that Matt and I try to play, it’s more from a harmony point of view, like a string section would play together, where it’s not just a bass plugging away with root notes the whole time,” Chris told BP back in 2020. “It’s given me the opportunity to try loads of effects and distortions, and to try to create something that sounds new on the bass.”

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.