Burn the Witch

As a fan, but moreover as a content creator, I’m inspired by Radiohead.

They have been doing what they want for 25 years. Bending the world to their whims, and their ethos of music. 1997’s OK Computer, and 2000’s Kid A, are still futuristic albums that will hold up, decades to come. While eschewing commercial success and mass appeal in favor of authenticity, seriousness, and integrity — Radiohead, oddly enough, found commercial success and mass appeal.

At this point, Radiohead albums are corrections to the market. Music gets dumb, then Radiohead reminds us that we can be challenged. That we can listen to a concept album straight through as the artist intended. A Moon Shaped Pool is a righteous piece of art. This album has reinvigorated me as a musician. I always strive to deliver the best content I can — and now I want to do even better.

This is an all-in-one arrangement of Burn the Witch for acoustic guitar. I tried color in elements of Thom Yorke’s vocal lines within the chord structure. If you listen to verse section beginning around 0:25, you can hear where I ghosted in the vocal line.

How to play Burn the Witch | acoustic guitar

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The guitar tab for Burn the Witch is only 2 pages long. However, this is not recommended for beginners, because this guitar tab assumes you know how to intuitively strum. Strumming should be organic. It’s like driving a stick shift: intuitive and unthinking.

What I have done in the guitar tab — is imbue a sense of timing. For instance, a chord shape followed by (. . . .) is strummed for a longer period of time than just (. .). I developed this method over 20 some years as a guitar teacher. It quickly and easily understood by my students.

My song structure, in accordance to the guitar tab is:

Intro, Verse, Chorus 3x


Verse, Chorus 4x, End.

Good luck, the guitar tab is available below:

*Burn the Witch for acoustic guitar*

Burn the Witch is tuned like this, from low to high: C# F# C# F# F# C#. Or, depending on your tuner: Db Gb Db Gb Gb Db.