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Testify by Rage Against The Machine

    Their song “Testify” is in drop D tuning. In drop D tuning the low E string is tuned down one whole step to D. This enables the guitarist to play power chords with a single finger.

    To tune your guitar to drop D tuning, first make sure you tune to standard tuning. Then you’ll want to tune your low E string down two steps to D (we drop it down one step, hence the name). See the picture below. You can use the audio clip below to tune your low E string to D for drop D tuning.


    Here’s what it sounds like looped at the normal tempo of 117 bpm:

    That first chord shape is a seventh sharp ninth chord. It’s a chord shape made popular by Jimi Hendrix in the song Purple Haze.

    Download Guitar Tab For “Testify” by Rage Against The Machine

    Complete Transcription To “Testify” (PDF)

    Complete Transcription To “Testify” (Power Tab)