#1
Hello, I would like to have a few pointers to playing some good rocksteady Reggae.

Any pointers in the strumming? timing? beat?

Hand positioning?

Any tips you could give me would be great!

Thank you for all your answers,

Harel
#2
It's all about the strumming pattern. If you are in 4, try instead of putting accents on beats 1 and 3 as is common, put accents on beats 2 and 4. This is common in African and African influenced music such as Reggae.
#3
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It's all about the strumming pattern. If you are in 4, try instead of putting accents on beats 1 and 3 as is common, put accents on beats 2 and 4.


I did notice that Bob Marley does this in "Jammin'", but I have a hard time keeping the time in most songs (rocksteady is played pretty slowly).
#5
keep your strums short and sharp
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#8
It's about timing man, and yeah use lots of upstrokes. I love reggae so props for making this thread!
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#9
I love reggae!! Good call man. Make the upstrokes on 2 and 4 and play them. Try strumming on all 4 beats in order to keep a steady beat, but mute 1 and 3 with your barre by lifting up slightly so you create a muted sound.
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#10
There is nothing that I love more than Reggae, It's absolutely beautiful.

SKA, DUB, Rocksteady, it is all good for me.

Thank you for the tips, I'll try to practice a bit.

Any good beginner Reggae songs?