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Old 01-20-2013, 06:47 PM   #1
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reggae rhythm

this might be irrelevant to my question below, but im learning the song Master Blaster by Stevie Wonder, and i was taught it using more jazzy chords.

my question is how do you play rhythm guitar for a genre such as reggae...
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:00 PM   #2
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Basically, you will play on the top notes of each chord, and, you will only strum on the off beats. Reggae often utilizes a rhythm called a "one drop" in which, contrary to most western music, the 1st beat of the measure is note accented, but, the off beat is.

So, if lowercase is weak beats and capital is strong, strum on the strong....

one AND two AND three AND four AND.

Think "I shot the sheriff"
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:45 PM   #3
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If you can get a hold of it, try a video from Ray Hitchins it's a 101 in reggae guitar... But really its pretty basic, its what Angusman said. I like to add one thing, you can play it with a swing or a straight feel, next to that... you can make the mutes give theire own sound which is kinda cool too.
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Add Triplets and a wah pedal and you can play dub step. :p
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:59 PM   #5
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so, from my understanding, you strum on the off beats...

thanks for the helps guys!
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:18 PM   #6
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so, from my understanding, you strum on the off beats...

thanks for the helps guys!

Maybe it's nitpicking but I wouldn't call it a "strum".

reggae rhtyhm guitar is more percussive , so it's more of a "hit" on the chord then mute with your fret hand so it doesn't ring out.
Play along with some simple reggae tunes and you'll get the hang of it.
Or watch some reggae guitarists on video.
good luck.
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