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The Edge, with his iconic black on black Strat.

About one week after I bought my new American Special Stratocaster (in the video), Fender released The Edge Stratocaster. I love my guitar, but having played The Edge model, it’s vastly better.

I like vintage styling, but I need modern amenities and The Edge strat has both. Mainly, The Edge strat has a modern tremolo and locking tuners so one can use the tremolo bar ad libitum.

Also, I find the bridge pickup on my Strat to be laden with annoying, ear-piercing treble. The Edge model solves this by using a dimarzio FS-1 pickup in the bridge that softens the classic strat treble tone.

I’m thinking about upgrading my guitar with all of The Edge components. I like like playing the blues, but I also want something that has a soft clean tone for when I play: U2, The Smiths, Radiohead, and Sigur Rós stuff.

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How to play Pride (In the Name of Love) by U2

Pride is a timeless guitar masterpiece by U2’s The Edge. I love playing the unaccompanied guitar track. You can see the ingenuity of his riffs.

It’s helpful to keep in mind that, The Edge, was innovating the sound of the instrument in the early 80’s — while every guitarist around him was fixated on their hair, their makeup, or their ability to play like Eddie Van Halen.

U2 wrote songs in the 80’s that don’t sound like the 80’s. This has a lot to do with their instrumentation. They avoided the “New Wave” sound as well, and created songs like Pride (In the Name of Love) that stand the test of time.

Even still, The Edge is massively undervalued by guitar players. I have guitarist friends who literally believe The Edge and U2 are charlatans. I agree that the last two albums have been disappointing. However, the total body of work, especially the guitar, is amazing.

The guitar tab for Pride is two pages long. As mentioned above, I like creating stand alone guitar pieces that don’t require accompaniment. I’ve added in some bass notes throughout Pride — that make the make my arrangement more complete than anything else you will find.

The song opens with the Intro. These are harmonics, that are normally indicated by a <> diamond symbol. [I can’t draw diamonds well and they’ll clutter up my superb looking guitar tab.] If you don’t know how to play harmonics, click here.

Next, the Chorus is played twice. I play the low E string along with the main chord at 0:12 of the video. I do this by using my first finger to mute the 5th (A) string by touching it.

Underneath the guitar tab, you’ll see D’s and U’s. D=Down, and U=Up. This is a strum pattern to get you going. However, I recommend “feeling” the strum and doing your own thing. Strumming should be intrinsic and happen naturally.

When you get to the solo, you’ll have to use strict alternate picking to play it correctly. I’ve indicated the picking underneath the guitar tab. On the 2nd pass you’ll follow the arrow for the solo’s end.

In accordance with the tab, my order of play is: Intro, Chorus 2x, Verse — Solo 2x, Post Solo —  Verse 2x, Chorus. I then finish Pride with a verse section.

Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

Pride (In the name of Love) is played in standard tuning.

Pride (In the Name of Love)

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