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DC Talk - In the Light

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"In the Light" 
By Charlie Peacock & Toby McKeehan (of DC Talk).
Copyright  1991 Sparrow Song/Andi Beat Goes.
Based on the recording from _Jesus Freak_ 
Copyright  1995 The Forefront Communications Group, Inc.

Transcribed by Alexander Chen (

(This file is the author's own work and represents 
their interpretation of the song. You may only use 
this file for private study, scholarship, or research.)

+----------------------[INTRO/VERSE riff tab]---------------------------+

Note: The intro/vers riff is really more of an extremely palm-muted 
"chop-strum" (as I call it) pattern, and not something that should 
be tabbed. But this tab will give you an idea of how to "chop-strum" it. 
The most effective way to play the intro is to actually bar them as 
almost full chords. Here are the fingerings:
0224XX Eno3 (index barring fret 2, ring on 4)
2443XX F#   (regular F# bar chord)
4664XX G#m  (regular G#m bar chord)

Then use your RING finger for the 4-6 slide and back to 4, and you'll 
find you're right in place to play the Eno3 chord again. It works 
really well, try it ...

  Eno3    F#      G#m     G#m        Eno3    F#      G#m     G#m
In addition to palm muting, time the slight lifting of your left hand 
fingers to make that sound, and really chop at those strums.

+-----------------------------[Song Chords]-----------------------------+

(Follow tab of riff above)

0224XX Eno3 (index barring fret 2, ring on 4)
2443XX F#   
4664XX G#m  

(Other transcriptions put a B chord here, but there is definitely no 
chord change; it stays on the G#m. The 4/6 slide on the G string is 
what people are hearing, but that's just a little melody; if you listen
to the electric bass and the overall chord tonality, it stays on the 
G#m for sure.)

(The riff continues into the verses, so the chords are
exactly the same here as in the intro.)

Eno3 F# G#m G#m
Eno3 F# G#m G#m   
Eno3 F# G#m G#m
Eno3 F# G#m G#m

(The exact guitar part isn't as distinguishable here as in the intro
and verse; however, the chords are clear. Here are some general 
fingerings that work well:

022100 E
244322 F#
466444 G#m
799877 B
X24442 B

(You can continue the intro/verse riff for the first four lines of the
chorus, but you can't hear the acoustic guitar clearly. However, the 
electric bass does play the 4/6 slide on some lines.)

E F# G#m G#m
E F# G#m G#m
E F# G#m G#m
E F# G#m G#m
E B F# G#m
E B F# F#
E B F# G#m
E F# G#m G#m
E F# G#m G#m

(Play the intro/verse riff again, just about the same as first verse, 
except the extra rhythmic variation at the end of the second line, 
which is especially interesting in the live Freak Show CD)
Eno3 F# G#m G#m
Eno3 F# G#m G#m
Eno3 F# G#m G#m
Eno3 F# G#m G#m  


+-----------------------------[BRIDGE tab]------------------------------+

Since this 8 measure riff is repeated a few times, and each time 
slightly differently, this tab is a combination of a few variations 
played on the CD (_Jesus Freak_). Most of the notes in parentheses (#) 
are those added in especially to adapt for solo guitar (since the bass 
drum on beat 3 adds a lot of rhythm on the CD). The tab includes many
definite notes/melodies that are definitely played on the CD 
(especially higher pitch notes), but there may also be some implied 
notes that simply make sense.

Also, this riff requires relatively advanced fingerpicking skills or
flat-picking skills. This is where we acoustic & classical or 
classically trained players get to use our skills :) The fingerpicking
is pretty straightforward; however, to play the two/three notes with
the pick, just hold the pick with your index and thumb while using your
middle and/or ring finger to play the other notes. (I prefer this method
because switching to fingerpicking halfway through the song causes a 
major dynamic drop).

You will probably also find it easier to place down these full bar 
chords even though you won't be using all the notes. 
X46654 C#m
X68876 D#m
466444 G#m
46X446 G#m2
022100 E
024400 E2
799877 B
X24442 B
X24422 B2 

I prefer to use the lower position B or even the B2, but second time 
through the riff on the CD, you can hear the high 7th fret B, so they 
use high position B. Also, with the E2, you can hear an implied E2, 
especially on the first time through the riff. but it's up to you.

  C#m             D#m             G#m             G#m(2)
  1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

  E               B               F#              F#
  1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

C#m D#m G#m G#m(2)
E B F#  F#
C#m D#m G#m G#m(2)
E B F# F#
F# F#


[improvise on intro/chorus riff and fade]


Transcribed by Alexander Chen on April 28, 1998. (
For more transcriptions (praise songs, Caedmon's Call, U2, Jars of Clay,
Dave Matthews Band, Church of Rhythm, and more) ... visit ...

+----------------------------[End of File]------------------------------+

Comments about this tab

Brendini - 2004-04-14

I think that something in the bridge isn't quite right.
Possibly, all the lines need to be played twice, not just the C#m D#m G#m G#m one.
I think it should go like this:

C#m D#m G#m G#m(2)
E B F# F#(2)
C#m D#m G#m G#m(2)
E B F# F#(2)
F# F#

GuitBoxSP - 2004-06-23

actually, i think the part revised above should not have any repeated individual lines but instead all 4 main lines should be repeated. other than that, not bad

tabmngr - 2004-08-14

Correction on Chorus:
E B F# G#
I wanna be in the light as you are in the light (Let the E and B ring out, and chop the other two to hear it)

E B F#
I wanna Shine like the stars in the heaven

E B F# G#
Oh Lord be my light and be my salvation
E F# G#
all I want is to be in the Light

I am not sure about all the notes, they sound like they are acurate. I don't play all the fingerpicking but mainly just chop strum and it sounds good, and experiment as i play...good luck. Let me know what you think. These chords I saw in an "official book" but got them out of a home made worship leader song list.

tabmngr - 2004-08-14

sorry about that the chords didn't stay over top of the right word. but you will get it.

further4rmyself - 2006-07-14

great tab thanks

ChristianRocka! - 2006-10-06

chords in chorus dnt sound rite

rapids36 - 2006-11-12

I think the G#m sounds better than the G#

gtarchik7 - 2007-02-24

i dont know if im hearing this right..but to me it sounds like the intro on this song goes like this:

e ----------------------------
b ----------------------------
g --4-----3--------------4/6-4
d --2-----4------6----66------
a 2---2-4---4-6--6--6-66------
e 0---0-2---2-4-----4---------

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