Reggae Rhythm Guitar Lesson

Welcome to Guitar Control this is Steve Golding a rhythm guitarist. I play reggae music. I’ve had the privilege of working with Peter Tosh, with the I Threes when they did that famous tour with Bob Marley back in 1980 and I’m currently on the road with Israel Vibration. What I do is the rhythm guitar in reggae music.

In this course we are going to show you some of how that rhythm evolved and how I play the reggae rhythm. I hope you will learn a lot.

The sequence we’ll be using, we’ll start on the 4th, which is a C, then to 1, which is the G, and then to 5th, which is the D. So the progression we’ll be
working with goes something like this.

So the reggae strum came from an earlier time. Our pop music was called mento. So that same progression played with a mento strum would sounds something like this. No picks, just the fingers.

So then, after the mento our popular music was called ska, and ska strum would go something like this. Ska, and I’ll elaborate on the different styles later on, became the rock steady. And the rock steady strum is what has persisted til this day and is now called reggae strum with some variations that I will show you a little later on. So the ska became rock steady, which sounds like this.

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