How To Play The Rage By Judas Priest

Note by note lesson


The Rage is the opening track from British Steel the sixth studio album by Judas Priest, released on 14 April 1980.

This lesson was a suggestion from my student Boris, Its a great introductory song that could be played by beginner/intermediate or even a practiced beginner.

There are only really 3 parts to The Rage. The intro section on slightly clean/crunch guitars then the power house riff typical of Judas Priest and the power chord verse section.

British Steel saw the band reprise the commercial sound they had established on Killing Machine. This time, they abandoned some of the dark lyrical themes which had been prominent on their previous releases, but some of it still remains.

In a June 2017 appearance on Sirius radio podcast “Rolling Stone Music Now,” Rob Halford said the band may have been inspired by AC/DC on some tracks after supporting them on a European tour in 1979.

British Steel was recorded at Tittenhurst Park, home of former Beatle Ringo Starr, a recording studio located on Tittenhurst’s grounds, after a false start at Startling Studios in December 1979. Digital sampling was not yet widely available at the time of recording, so the band used analog recording of smashing milk bottles to be included in “Breaking the Law”, as well as various sounds in “Metal Gods” produced by billiard cues and trays of cutlery.

The Rage by Judas Priest Guitar Lesson

It is the first Judas Priest album to feature drummer Dave Holland, and it was released in the UK at a discount price of £3.99, with the advertisements in the music press bearing the legend “British Steal”. The songs “Breaking the Law”, “United”, and “Living After Midnight” were released as singles.


The Rage Tablature:

KK Downing:

Judas Priest - The Rage KK Downing


Glen Tipton:

Judas Priest - The Rage Glen Tipton

The Rage Backing Tracks

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