Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Take the Power Back solo w/tabs

Here is a 90's classic "Take the Power Back" by Rage Against the Machine. This solo is one of Tom Morello's few all out burners where he let's his chops hang old-school. Rage hit me and the world like a freight train. I will NEVER forget the first time they came into town in support of their first album. Small theater show, with less than 1000 people on hand. They hit the stage and absolutely annihilated the place. Ranks up there with the very best rock performances I have ever witnessed (and I saw a LOT of the bigs in their prime).

This song is a standard tuning - but the E string gets dropped down to a D. So it is D,A,D,G,B,E. The solo portion is centered around the D natural minor scale (Aeolian mode - so same notes as the key of F Major). There really is nothing added other than the very cool Dmin7 triad that slides down to the #6. The ending is a chromatic series of dissonant diminished chords that end on the note E (played as an octave chord). An odd choice? I suspect it could have been a passionate misfret that just was left in the recording. You'd have to ask Tom!

Getting the sound
Pretty simple here, guitar with humbuckers through a tube amp. Lots of gain, but mostly aggression. Don't be nice to it.

The files
Here is the TAB sheet for your downloading pleasure.

1 comment:

  1. Love your blog and your video really helped! I'm currently attempting to learn the guitar and getting there slowly!