Killing in the Name

By: Rage Against the Machine

Original Artist: 
Rage Against the Machine
Release Date:
1992
TITLE:
Killing in the Name
Tuning:
Drop D

Killing in the Name Free Lesson Video

Hey guys! I had a blast tabbing out this RATM hit. Checked out some live videos on YouTube and caught some of Morello’s fingering. I also took a listen to an isolated track to get a feel for exactly what he was playing in the studio. It sounds a little different than his live approach, to my ears. I stuck more to what I’m hearing in the isolated track. The first refrain is what I’m hearing from the studio take, and the second refrain is live. They are slightly different and you see what I mean. Morello bends the note on the 4 beat of measure 91 live, however it sounds like he slides into it in the studio. I personally like the feel of sliding into it and giving it some vibrato but if you feel like bending from the 12th fret, G string, and milking that note, go for it! Have fun with the tune! I would love to do more Rage Against the Machine songs in the future. Are there any more you would like to see on this page? Leave a comment below!

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Backing Track Video

Here is the backing track video for Killing in the Name, with my main rhythm and solo tracks removed. This will make it easier to jam along with the Rage Against the Machine cover recording lesson, and still be allow you to read the guitar tab. For even more control, check out the Killing in the Name isolated tracks below. 

Killing in the Name was recorded in Drop D tuning.
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Tone ScreenSHots

All of the guitar tones for this Killing in the Name lesson were created with IK Multimedia Amplitube. I tried matching the solo and rhythm section tones from Rage Against the Machine recording as closely as I could.  If you haven't already, download Amplitube and give it a try.

Guitar Left

         

Guitar Solo

                   

Guitar Right

                 
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Isolated TRACKS (mp3)

Here are the drums, bass and other background tracks to jam along to Killing in the Name. I've also included all of my isolated guitar tracks in case you really want to hear what's going on. Isolated tracks are normally very difficult to find online, and can be very helpful in cracking a difficult solo tab.
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