Style Of Tom Morello: Song Introduction (Guitar Lesson)

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Style Of Tom Morello: Song Introduction

Chris Liepe introduces his "Style of Tom Morello" Series with an original song that utilizes key aspects of Tom's playing. This song serves as a preview to the rhythm and lead guitar techniques that will be taught throughout this series. In the mean time, enjoy a bit of entertainment and get ready!

Taught by Chris Liepe in Style of Tom Morello seriesLength: 5:01Difficulty: 3.0 of 5
Lesson 1: Introduction to Series

Welcome to the Style of Tom Morello lesson series! This lesson opens with an original song written in the style of Tom Morello and pulls from the influences from both Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave. This song will be broken down in detail and taught as a separate lesson later in the series to drive home the application of Morello's style.

Tom Morello's style is based on refined conventional and unconventional techniques and a simple, minimal palette of effects that he uses to get very "un-guitar" - like effects.

He also understands that simple is better from a writing perspective. Most of his songwriting is centered around simple pentatonic riffs that really groove with the rest of the band. His lead playing is a combination of effects techniques and well-rounded melodic ideas. In this series, you will learn the basic techniques that will help you play in the style of Tom Morello. You will also get an in-depth look at what effects are prominent in his playing and how to properly apply them to get sounds similar to Morello and to create your own interesting ideas.

Regardless of your current playing level, look at this series as a way to enhance your own creativity. You may find that following every exercise and effect setting works perfectly with where you are as a player. On the other hand, you may discover little nuggets that supplement the unique journey you are on. Both are equally valuable.

I hope you enjoy the series!


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feedback71feedback71 replied on February 17th, 2017

This song kicks ass!

ungaungaungaunga replied on May 13th, 2012

Amazing Chris! =D

soundofsulfursoundofsulfur replied on March 25th, 2012

Your guitar strap isn't short enough.

lav_yadavlav_yadav replied on January 21st, 2012

Awesome original dude! \m/

hereticsound666hereticsound666 replied on July 28th, 2011

did you sing this?

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on August 4th, 2011


joel13joel13 replied on January 25th, 2011

can you download this song?

jboothjbooth replied on January 25th, 2011

Check the supplemental content :)

olivecorduroyolivecorduroy replied on January 19th, 2011

this is very very cool....i have always liked the sound of Tom M. and this is plenty of inspiration to want to play it myself...and the amp on fire??....great stuff

adidapreanadidaprean replied on November 4th, 2010

Wow Chris you killed this song, \\^^// R0CK ON!!!

skelligskellig replied on August 27th, 2010

Wow! is that Chris singing? awesome voice on and awesome guitar

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on August 28th, 2010

thanks! Yes, I am also singing.

f16jetmanf16jetman replied on August 18th, 2010

When is the MP3 of this getting put up? lol but serious?

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on August 28th, 2010

The MP3 should be uploaded as part of the supplemental content on the last lesson of the series that teaches the song

larseumlarseum replied on August 15th, 2010

Wow, this is a very good idea! thanks

larseumlarseum replied on August 15th, 2010

I think that the " In style of " section is a bit empty anyways. I wished there were more styles like: Mark Knopfler, Biffy Clyro, Eric Clapton, Billy talent, tool ...

jboothjbooth replied on August 15th, 2010

More is coming soon :) We just started this section, confirmed up and coming is Hendrix, Steve Vai and others :)

larseumlarseum replied on August 17th, 2010

great !!!!

kevinpickellkevinpickell replied on August 14th, 2010

This is off the hook!

roy944roy944 replied on August 14th, 2010

Wow... Fierce!

strange_dejavustrange_dejavu replied on August 13th, 2010

truly amazing!!!!

skaterstuskaterstu replied on August 12th, 2010

Is this gonna be lessons in the style of Tom Morello, if so then that would be amazing....

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on August 12th, 2010


skaterstuskaterstu replied on August 13th, 2010

amazing! I have been a huge fan of Rage for a while... don't think much of Audioslave stuff but if I can play Rage like riffs I will be well happy.

0427owen0427owen replied on August 12th, 2010

anyone else having a problem viewing this? i can watch other videos this morn but this one wont kick in and start to stream? any ideas

jboothjbooth replied on August 12th, 2010

What quality setting are you watching?

0427owen0427owen replied on August 12th, 2010

tried them all! i usually watch on low though, just doesn't get past waiting for server down the bottom of my browser.? beats me

f16jetmanf16jetman replied on August 12th, 2010

Dang that was sweet!

mkorsmomkorsmo replied on August 12th, 2010

What mic is that?

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on August 12th, 2010

Sennheiser e609

mkorsmomkorsmo replied on August 12th, 2010

Oh... and this kicks serious butt (sorry, meant to say that first)

philipdjphilipdj replied on August 12th, 2010

awsome man

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on August 12th, 2010

I love the amp catching on fire and melting down!! haha! Nice touch Ty!

Fat AlbertFat Albert replied on August 12th, 2010

Awesome I cant wait for this. Tom is one of my favs. thank you.

jboothjbooth replied on August 12th, 2010

Ok, this is a freaking awesome lesson, I have to give major props to Chris Liepe for creating this phenomenal original song for his amazing lesson series, and to Tyler for going crazy and making this thing look beautiful!!!!!!!!!

nessanessa replied on August 12th, 2010

Rockin' song, beautiful editing. High five to Chris and Ty!

Style of Tom Morello

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

This Series will dive into the world of Tom Morello, Demonstrating how he accomplishes his very unique sound.

Lesson 1

Style Of Tom Morello: Song Introduction

Chris Liepe introduces his "Style of Tom Morello" Series with an original song that utilizes key aspects of Tom's playing. This song serves as a preview to the rhythm and lead guitar techniques that will...

Length: 5:01 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 2

Tom Morello: Writing Tools

Chris Liepe discusses one of Tom Morello's primary writing tools - the minor pentatonic scale. First, Chris demonstrates the five patterns of the pentatonic scale. Then, he shares a few ideas that will...

Length: 18:35 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Morello: 3 Note per String Soloing

Chris Liepe looks into the fundamentals of Tom Morello's lead guitar style. Tom frequently plays fluid legato licks in his solos. Many of these legato lines utilize scale patterns that contain three notes...

Length: 19:49 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Gear and Effects

A key aspect of Tom's playing is his unique use of effects. His effects setup is rather minimalistic. However, he uses effects in combination with conventional and non conventional guitar techniques to...

Length: 24:02 Difficulty: 2.5 FREE
Lesson 5

Unconventional Techniques

Chris Liepe demonstrates how Tom Morello combines scale ideas, melodic phrasing and strategic effects to create unconventional guitar sounds.

Length: 18:02 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Structure of a Morello Style Song

Chris Liepe breaks down the structural form of a typical song written by Tom Morello. He explains how choruses can be used as emotional highs as well as where Tom may enhance the drama of a song by using...

Length: 7:31 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

They Got It All

Chris Liepe teaches a Tom Morello inspired song entitled "They Got It All." This song utilizes all of the techniques taught in the previous lessons within this series. Here, Chris demonstrates his own...

Length: 68:45 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only

About Chris Liepe View Full Biography Chris Liepe was born on September 17th, 1981 in Portland OR. His first instrument was piano which he pursued until discovering his love for the electric guitar in high school. He became fans of such groups as Soundgarden, Collective Soul and U2 inspiring him to start singing, songwriting and helping others in their musical endeavors with teaching, co-writing and album production.

Having moved to Colorado with his family, he began gigging, recording and teaching in a number of music stores as well as out of his apartment until deciding to pursue music full time. He moved to Denver, CO to complete a Bachelors in Music Technology and was then hired on by Sweetwater Productions, a division of Sweetwater Sound and one of the largest, most successful recording studios in the Midwest.

Chris spent nearly 4 years at Sweetwater as a producer, recording engineer, studio musician and writer. During this time he had the privilege of working with many artists including Augustana, Landon Pigg, Jars of Clay, and Mercy Me. He also wrote for and played on numerous independent albums and hundreds of radio/TV commercials.

Wanting to get back to his favorite State in the world (Colorado) and feeling the urge to 'go freelance', Chris moved to Greeley, CO and opened his own recording and teaching studio. He continues to write and produce music for artists and agencies and is happy to be among the proud instructors.

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