In this lesson, you’ll learn how to play Reggae music in the Bob Marley classic “Could You Be Loved”.
Reggae is a popular music of Jamaican origin having elements of calypso and rhythm and blues, characterized by a strongly accentuated offbeat.The offbeat is the 2nd and 4th beats of a measure. Most songs in other genres emphasis the 1st and 3rd beats. This accent on the offbeat is what gives Reggae it’s unique sound.
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In Reggae the offbeat is usually accentuated with a rhythm guitar, as in the case with “Could You Be Loved”. There is a single guitar playing the chords on the off beats.
In the video, you can see me making a downward motion with my picking hand on the downbeat, but I don’t come in contact with the strings until the upbeat when my arm makes an upwards motion. It’s in this motion that I play the chord. Maybe putting it in the perspective of the physical
arm motion will help you understand the “downbeat” and “upbeat”.
The second guitar part is very particular about the rhythm and is by far the hardest part to play. In the first two measures use a slight palm mute. To do this you’ll rest the heel of your picking hand lightly on the strings just before the bridge and apply a little pressure as you pick the string. This will create a slightly muffled tone for the notes. It’s mostly quick 16th notes. Try a down up down up picking pattern.
Last of all is a fairly easy lead part to play.