5 Top Guitar Riffs From Rage Against The Machine

Ayla Tesler-Mabe  /  LessonsJan 19, 2023

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Rage Against The Machine is one of the most influential rock bands of all time, and their iconic guitar riffs have made them a household name in almost every corner of the world. So to make sure we did this legendary band justice, Ayla Tesler-Mabe relistened to their entire discography and hand-picked five of her favorite Tom Morello guitar riffs to share with you.

The songs we’ll cover in this lesson are “Killing In The Name,” “Snakecharmer,” “Down Rodeo,” “Take The Power Back,” and “Testify.” Some of these songs will pose more of a challenge than others, so feel free to pick one or two of your favorites to focus on first. And make sure you have your tuner handy since a couple of these riffs are in drop D tuning, meaning you’ll need to tune your low E string down to a D note. With all that out of the way, let’s get into the top five guitar riffs from Rage Against The Machine. 

Don’t forget to download the tabs and sheet music for all these riffs at the top of this page!

Listen to the songs here!

Killing In The Name


Down Rodeo

Take The Power Back


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