Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name Of

Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello is one of my all time favourite guitar players. He’s one of the few guitar players capable of being absolutely individual and wildly experimental but still able to come up with something instantly accessible (Nick Zinner of The Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs is another that comes to mind).

This riff is a good example of that combination. Take away the whirls and squeaks, and it’s actually quite a convention riff. It contains many of the same note moves as Day Tripper. Both make use of moves from minor 7th to root, and from minor 3rd to major 3rd. Harmonically speaking, there aren’t any notes in this riff that aren’t in Day Tripper. It’s a great trick to take something so recognisable (formulaic even) and make it seem completely new.

Rage Against the Machine Killing in the Name Of Tab ukulele

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  1. Olly May 27th, 2008 7:42 pm

    What a fantastic end to a day! First i find out i’m off back to uni in sept for a PGCE then I gets home to find RATM on the uke! ace! nice one, Al, you’ve made my day (a lil bit more perfect)!

  2. LonnaB May 27th, 2008 8:17 pm

    nice one, Woodshed.

    I would like to see more posts about songs I haven’t been able to listen to much since becoming a parent!

    I’ve finally got my hands on a copy of Folk Uke, dinner time music it is not.

    I call for a ‘top ten F word songs for the ukulele’ list.

    (yes, I did see the Blister in the Sun post- did I miss any others?)

  3. Woodshed May 27th, 2008 8:27 pm

    Olly: Congratulations. Glad I could make your day even better>

    Lonna: Poor Lindsay Lohan by the UkuLady leaps immediately to mind.

  4. seeso May 27th, 2008 9:05 pm


  5. zym May 27th, 2008 9:17 pm

    good call ;)


    if its sweary ukulele songs not for children youre after, i can offer..

    Fuck her Gently – http://www.ilovefizzypop.co.uk/2008/02/13/zanzibar/

    Fuck You – http://www.ilovefizzypop.co.uk/2008/03/13/it-dont-mean-shit-now/

    and with added misogyny…

    Bitches aint shit – http://www.ilovefizzypop.co.uk/2008/02/23/i-used-to-know-a-bitch-named-eric-wright/

  6. LonnaB May 27th, 2008 10:30 pm

    Thanks Zym

    My personal favorite F word song to play is ‘Gate Crashers Suck’ by Keller Williams. (you might enjoy him if you like Tenacious D)


    I, too, was there at Deer Creek back in 1995, so I can relate to Keller’s frustrations.

  7. Variant June 22nd, 2008 2:50 am

    This is awesome.

  8. K July 1st, 2009 3:12 am

    you just named 2 of my favorite guitarists ever… they’re just so innovative. nice tabs!

  9. Woodshed July 1st, 2009 9:49 pm

    K: They’re definitely two of my favourites as well. They don’t sound like anyone else.

  10. J-Hob December 17th, 2009 5:43 pm

    Go Christmas number 1!!

  11. Killing In The Name Of on Ukulele! « Monday Ukearist December 17th, 2009 10:19 pm

    […] Now what could be better than a big yes vote for real music over pre-fabricated shit masquerading as music?  I’ll tell you what – being able to play along with this year’s Christmas number 1 (fingers crossed!) on your ukulele!*  Well look no further than ukulele hunt who tabbed the riff toKilling In The Name a while back. […]

  12. Woodshed December 20th, 2009 1:56 pm

    John: I hope it is. They’ve said they’re going to do a free gig in the UK if they get Xmas number one.

  13. J-Hob December 20th, 2009 7:48 pm

    They made it! Proper made up – a victory for real music!

  14. Trulyelse April 27th, 2010 11:34 pm

    why is this not in the xmas section of the site?

  15. Marc December 14th, 2015 8:18 pm

    How’s about Santa Claus you cunt on the uke?

    Love your site by the way woodshed. It has been a very useful and entertaining website for me this past year. Nice one dude

  16. Woodshed December 15th, 2015 10:46 am

    Marc: Thanks for the suggestion. I’m all set for this year but I’ll keep it in mind.

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