I recently completed Grade 3, Module 15 and really enjoyed learning about transcribing, which I had never tried before.
As it so happened a couple of days later I heard this song on my playlist and thought it would be a fun one to learn but then found there were no tabs available (they’re blocked for some reason) so it was the ideal chance to try transcribing it myself.
I found it fairly tricky, lots of trial and error, but eventually made some good progress, especially with the main verse and chorus riffs, however there were parts I just couldn’t figure out so I checked out a couple of live performances and filled in the gaps from the glimpses I could get of Tom Morello (why do they always focus on the singer so much! ). (If interested, this is the main live recording I used, given the higher res made it a bit easier: Rage Against The Machine - Know Your Enemy Clip (Live At Finsbury Park)
Also, I couldn’t figure out the solo so just played the chorus riff during that and decided to palm mute the opening riff instead of using hammer ons and the pickup selector as a killswitch like he does (my new guitar didn’t really offer that option given it has only one volume control, and I didn’t want to destroy the switch on one of my other guitars, plus it was pretty hard lol! ). Essentially I decided I could be like a second rhythm guitar to Morello’s rhythm and lead.
Finally I played this over the original album recording rather than a backing track so it would be easier to determine if I got it right or not, I feel like I at least got close-ish
Thanks for checking it out! Any advice very much welcomed. Cheers!
Bonus section! Here are my notes from transcribing. Believe it or not, this was when I wrote it out more clearly! Obviously I need to work on a better system but hey as long as I understand it right?!
Excellent work… I’m afraid I’m avoiding the transcribing at the moment, I just can’t get into it, even though I know its important long term…
Thanks @dessa and @NicoleKKB! Really appreciate you checking this out and your very kind words
Glad I’m not alone!
Sounds good to me, Jeff. Applaud both your ability to play over the original as well as transcribing. Beyond me to give you any feedback on what you may not have got right.
Sounded awesome Jeff. I love RATM. Is that your new guitar too?
Well done on the transcription, I still find transcribing pretty hard but am starting to get the hang of it.
Yep! I have this one set up for E standard tuning and my other Solar (the LP style with the amber flame burst) set to drop D, so depending on the song I switch between the two, but mostly playing my new one at the moment of course
Great stuff! Yeah, took me ages to figure this one out but I learned a lot which will hopefully make the next one a bit easier. I have a few tracks in mind to try, although they might be a bit too much of a stretch for now but I’ll see how it goes.
Thanks again for checking this one out! Hope your festive season is going well
Sounds amazing Jeff!
LOLd at the transcription - that was what mine used to look like till bought a tab book. Maybe you can ask for one for next Xmas
Not a metal guy really. That said, you had some great tones here and the play was outstanding. Good job!
All the best in 23’,
Great idea! I definitely need one! I’ll add it to the wish list now
Hi Mauricio, thanks so much for checking this out and for your super helpful suggestions!
100% agree, I took so much away from this song by transcribing it and it’s given me the confidence to tackle more. Soooo tempting to just check a tab but the extra work pays off in many other ways than just learning the song, I feel.
Great point! I think I have been a bit focused on just hitting the right notes/chords and forgetting about the groove. I’ll definitely take that on board and work on improving it.
Alternate picking that intro riff is a great idea, thanks, I’ll give it a whirl!
Thanks again, really appreciate your feedback!
Thanks Rogier! Glad you liked it!
LOL! Love this! They so are! Totally going to up my game with the next one… maybe
That was awesome Jeff. Well done on the transcribing as well, it sounded pretty spot on to me.
Yes, your notes may look nasty but like you said, as long as you can understand them. Mind of a genius and all that.