How do you make that Reggae sound?


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05-23-2007, 03:55 PM
I've been playing and taking guitar lessons for the past 8 months and, I'm really into Sublime and Bob, so i've been trying to learn some of there stuff but i don't know how to strum right to make that reggae sound. Does anybody have any pointers or tips on how to?

05-23-2007, 04:00 PM
a lot of wah

damien guitar
05-23-2007, 04:00 PM
3 pointers :

1:use treble strings (gbe)

2:use palm muting

3:learn about "one"" two "or "four drop rhtyhms ."

05-23-2007, 04:02 PM
after every strum, mute

SG thrasher
05-23-2007, 04:02 PM
Muted upstrokes on the 3 thin strings.

05-23-2007, 04:06 PM
try 4 strings (adding the D string) after you are good with the 3 high strings

albino strat!
05-23-2007, 04:09 PM
D|------------------ -

05-23-2007, 04:16 PM
What these guys said mainly...

Also, a element, used ALOT in reggae, is, make the strumming on the offbeat, ie. 2-4-6-8 if you count as 8/8

one vision
05-25-2007, 11:06 PM
upstrokes are your friend, alternate down and up. palm muting for the win. i also find that barre chords go pretty well with raegge stuff pretty much because you can mute them much easier and get a nice rhythm going.

steven seagull
05-26-2007, 09:22 AM
3 pointers :

1:use treble strings (gbe)

2:use palm muting

3:learn about "one"" two "or "four drop rhtyhms ."
There's NO palm muting in reggae, it's all left hand muting.

05-26-2007, 09:56 AM
there is palm muting when playing along with the bassline and variating it (using mainly the 4th 5th and 6th strings but with chords as someone said above mute with the left hand

steven seagull
05-26-2007, 10:11 AM
Actually yeah, I suppose there's bits of it that crop up, but you can play reggae without it, you can't play it without left hand muting though....that's the technique that's used to get that distinctive "chika" sound.

05-26-2007, 10:11 AM
The "Ska Bit" to Unity by Operation Ivy


Outside Octaves
05-26-2007, 10:16 AM
Yea, while rock is played ever so slightly... microscopicly really, before the beat, reggae is played ever so microscopicly after the beat.

What's that term for playing around the beat? I think it starts with an S... lol.

05-26-2007, 10:34 AM
A lot of ands make the reggae sounding guitar line.

05-26-2007, 10:43 AM

damien guitar
05-26-2007, 05:52 PM
im pretty sure i mean't left hand muting , but boths hands come in helpful ... many ways to skin a cat !

05-26-2007, 06:35 PM
There's NO palm muting in reggae, it's all left hand muting.

WRONG!!!!! have you ever heard the song rivers of babylon? You can right hand "chuck" it with a hard half strum/half palm mute. Not just the left hand.

nappy d
05-27-2007, 02:09 PM
what everybody else has already said. the best chords to play with reggae/ska style is barre chords, but without the root notes.

05-27-2007, 11:57 PM
strum mute-mute strum mute-mute, strum mute-mute strum mute-mute, on treble strings like they said, play lower strings for a bluesier JMT sound

05-27-2007, 11:59 PM
Why would you want to play that? We all know the only real music is METAL!!