Bob Marley’s Stir It Up | Reggae Guitar Lesson Made Easy

Hey guys, Here´s another cool guitar lesson about how to play “Stir it Up” by Bob Marley Enjoy it… If you like Reggae guitar and music CLICK HERE FOR REGGAE ROOTS GUITAR SECRETS Reggae Guitar Lesson How to play Stir it Up by Bob Marley Hey guys, how’s it going? Claude Johnson here from I hope you’re doing great today. Today’s lesson is Bob Marley’s “Stir it Up”. It’s a great song and like the last couple Bob songs we did, I’m just going to give you my personal arrangement of it, pretty much arranged for solo acoustic guitar and some tips and tricks for that. However, if you want the real, authentic Jamaican reggae strumming techniques, please checkout All right, so here we go. So this song has the same chords as “3 Little Birds”, which is A major, D major and E major. But even though it’s the same chords it’s a very different sounding song. And first of all, if you’re not familiar with A, D and E, please check out I don’t want to take too much time right now to go into those chords because there’s a lot of other stuff I’m going to show you, different rhythms, different ways you can do this. The first rhythm is called the chicka. It’s like this. It’s basically a downstroke, upstroke and a little pause in there. So you’re going to do four beats of A, two of D, two of E, like this. Right? Pretty simple. Same thing on the chorus, except you’re going to go to that D a little bit early. You’re actually going to go to the D and then back to the A. So instead of four bars of A, you’re going to have two of A, one of D, one of A and then back to the end of it, which is two of D, two of E. So it’s going to be this. So you got that? Cool. All right. Now another thing you can do is this little bump. I’m basically just bumping with my hand or my knuckles, just kind of bumping over the sound hole. Instead of the chicka, it’s a chicka-bump, chicka-bump. It just kind of comes naturally if you just kind of — you don’t have to do it every single time, every single beat, but just whenever you feel like it. All right? Then when it switches to the verse, stay in the A. So if you just did that, that’s a pretty good arrangement. If you just keep it nice and tight and sing, and obviously I can’t sing as well as Bob Marley, obviously. But if you sing it in pitch, in time and keep a tight rhythm guitar, that’s a good arrangement. So here are a couple other things you can do with this. First let me just show you on the chorus. There’s a bass guitar. And in reggae bass guitar is very prominent. Some songs it’s actually really driving in the song. The bass line is kind of going like this. So we can kind of simulate that on the guitar. So we can go like this. A nice little intro lick. I’ve got my A chord and I’m basically plucking. Now I go up to this little — it’s basically an inverted A chord with a C sharp in the bass. So that let’s me play that bass line, that second note of the bass line is the C sharp. So what I’m doing here is I’ve got my ring finger on the 4th fret of the A string and then I’ve got my 1st finger barring the 2nd fret of the D and G strings. With this right hand, I’m really just using my pick to pick the A string and I’m plucking the D and G strings simultaneously with my middle and ring finger there. Now I go up to this D. Why don’t I play the D up here? Well, it’s kind of the voice leading, as it’s called. So it’s like… You’re already here. It’s just going to be very smooth voice leading to do this bass note. So here’s your D with your pinkie on the 5th fret of the A string and then your ring finger is on the 4th fret of the D string, 1st finger is on the 2nd fret of the G string. And then back to your C sharp — well, I guess A/C sharp you can call it. And then I’m going to go back to my D and I’m going to arpeggiate it, which means play the notes separately. So I’m just picking down here with my picking hand. And you can go to your E, just slide the whole thing up. So you can either do this or I like to do this, open E string. Actually, what I’m doing there is actually a little finger picking. So you can do it either way. There are so many different ways to go on this. You can also do like little pickup notes like… Basically I’m just plucking my A string in between the chords. It’s a nice little different feel. One thing I find is that when you’re playing songs acoustic, it’s good to have dynamics, good to change-up the feel. So you can start with that intro and then you can go into your… And it just gives it a lot more flavor to the arrangement. Another way to do it would be to kind of use the chicka rhythm like this. So those first four little chords, we do those little inversions to get the bass line and then go up to this B. So like this. Okay? So that’s on the chorus. Now, on the verse, especially if you’re doing those chicka rhythms, you can switch to kind of a one-strum feel on the verse. So you see what I did there? I went basically just a one-strum. That’s another way. If you’re really just starting out, trying to play and sing at the same time — and this is a good tip for any song — just play one strum for that chord. Now, I was doing like a little pick-up strum as well. You can leave that out and just go for like… So that’s good for the real beginners. I like to throw in that little pick-up and then into that… Now when I’m singing the rest of the chorus what’s very effective is to play the chickas on the A and then the one-strums on the D and the E, so you have this. Okay? So that gives you some different ways to do it. You’ve got the chickas, one-strums, the inverted chords with bass line and lots of different ideas. So have fun with this. It’s a great song and that’s all for now. All right, guys. I hope you enjoyed that lesson and once again, please check-out our reggae guitar course for all the authentic and killer Jamaican strum rhythms, chordal stuff, lots of songwriting tips, lots of cool stuff. It’ at All right, thanks for watching and I’ll catch you next time.

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