“Testify” by Rage Against The Machine

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Difficulty: Intermediate

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 your tuned 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.

Intro

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

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

Video

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

Complete Transcription To “Testify” (PDF)

Complete Transcription To “Testify” (Power Tab)