Reggae Rhythm Guitar Lesson

Hey guys,

Do you like reggae music, reggae guitar?

Check out this cool guitar lesson by Steve Golding!

He has played with Peter Tosh and Bob Marley, so I hope you enjoy it!

Hi, welcome to Guitar Control world. My name is Steve Golding.
I’m a rhythm guitarist. I play reggae music. I’ve had the
privilege of working with Peter Tosh, with the I Threes when
they did that famous tour with Bob Marley back in 1980 and I’m
currently on the road with Israel Vibration. What I do is the
rhythm guitar in reggae music.

In this course we are going to show you some
of how that rhythm evolved and how I play the
reggae rhythm. I hope you will learn a lot.

The sequence we’ll be using, we’ll start on the 4th,
which is a C, then to 1, which is the G, and then
to 5, which is the D. So the progression we’ll be
working with goes something like this.

So the reggae strum came from an earlier time.
Our pop music was called mento. So that same
progression played with a mento strum would
sounds something like this. No picks, just
the fingers.

So then, after the mento our popular music was called ska,
and ska strum would go something like this. Ska, and I’ll
elaborate on the different styles later on, became the
rocksteady. And the rocksteady strum is what has persisted
til this day and is now called reggae strum with some
variations that I will show you a little later on.
So the ska became rocksteady, which sounds like this.

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31 Comments

Wavatar jimmy dillon

Very cool lesson…looking forward to his DVD. Cool Runnings!

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Wavatar DAVE ANGELES

PRINT THE CHORDS…jimmy whats up here , am i missing something..those chords hes playing dont sound like what i hear on my guitar in that position..is this standard tuning or an overdub hes jivin us with…

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Wavatar Doug

Did you ever get a reply to your question? What’s with his D chord?

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Wavatar admin

Sorry, What´s up with his D chord?

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Wavatar Jac

jimmy, I liked the reggae too, you both have that easy teaching quality and great vibes!

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Wavatar zorbitor

OK – what’s the tuning???

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Wavatar Antonio

How about some AMPLIFIER SETTINGSSSS !!!!

TKS..

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Wavatar Uncle Herbie

Claude! You’ve been listening to me! You’re recruiting reggae guitarists who know their $#!t, instead of ‘folky’ guys who are just guessing. Steve ‘Asaph’ Golding is a long time and very well respected Jamaican rhythm (or should I say ‘riddim’?) guitarist; I actually saw him onstage with Tosh many years ago. That’s what I’m talking about! Worlda respect!

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Wavatar Steve wells

Suhweet! Always wondered how they got that funky upbeat groove. Makes ya wanna move your feet! Thanks Claudius Maximus!

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Wavatar Johnnyrockers

Thank you Steve. No doubt I’ve enjoyed watching/listening to you live. I’m old enough and lucky enough to have seen Peter Tosh live, along with Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Mighty Diamonds, Wailing Souls, Israel Vibration…I don’t know why, but I have loved Reggae, especially roots, rockers and dub styles forever. Thanks for providing this gift to the world, and I look forward to your dvd.

Johnny

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Wavatar Kalvin Kristi

Wicked!!! Steve Golding is a rel cool bredren. Had the pleasure of working with him in the 90’s ,as he played on my CD Higher Ground… He played percussion on 3 of those tracks.. Nice to see Steve doing his thing.. Respect..
KK

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Wavatar Presbitero Alomar

Please do not send me any more beginner lessens’ because I’m not a beginner. I’m above an intermediate but not a professional. I’m Just looking for new stuff.

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Wavatar Two Feathers

Very interesting. I can see using some of these rhythms in a variety of songs, Thank you Steve and thank you claude.it is all appreciated

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Wavatar Sam Gordon

That was some really good stuff, I give it 4 stars up thank you Man!

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Wavatar marg

never seen your technique before – real good – thanks

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Wavatar Odily B Onyia

Cool like it.

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Wavatar abhra karar

just mind bolling and help my knowage

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Wavatar Johnnie Dee

Nice solo Easy way to learn it great teacher Looking forward too more>>> ROCK ON

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Wavatar Junipa

Steve, thank you for your lesson. Most apprecaited

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Wavatar Akua Kamau

Yes Steve, the I know it. Nuff respec mih bredda. The I is a humble rastaman an I truly appreciate dat. JAH guide an itec the I itinually and may the I musical journey be ever fruitful foriva. Isreal Vibrations run things in dis iwa. Blessins. BIG love fih dih whole a unoo.

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Wavatar Arthur Valentine

It was very good to see, I have heard Reggae and I have seen men playing the music. but this is very good and I like it very much.

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Wavatar DJ

REALLY needs the chords or TABS…

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Wavatar Paul

Nice !! Reggae is what made me buy a guitar. I started with a bass and then electric.

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Wavatar Vesa from scandinavia

Thanks for this riddim!

I’m huge fan of reggae and I loove to play reggae guitar. I hadn’t seen the D chord before, there are so so many variations… but thanks, I love how it blends with the G chord and it sounds cool. Also a great 3 chord progression..

I’m always looking for and creating new chord progressions, they’re so fun… and want to make my own songs. there aren’t anyone in my hometown that play reggae music, which is really sad… I just gotta play with myself and imaginarily with the Israel Vibrations crew, Wailers, and all other buddies…

Please, more reggae guitar lessons! It would be wonderful to get more teachings from Steve Golding, or other great guitarists!

Peace and harmony, keep playing and jamming… 🙂

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Wavatar Frosty

I love this guy. He helps me relax just watching

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Wavatar Grimmy

Sure wish you guys included tabs with this. Way mellow sound, but I’m a beginner so I can’t tell exactly which strings he’s on.

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Wavatar adadms

nice job

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Wavatar l.j.

i love raga music but never seeany one play it so relaxed good job i am a seanor so give mesome more dept. ihave lots of time to practic those new cord, once again keep up the good work fellow JAMAICAN

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Wavatar SlopeRocker

Uh…folks I believe there are no tabs, etc here so you BUY this thing! This video is what they call a “teaser.” Sorry, but it be a bidness mon…

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Wavatar admin

RIGHT. HUNDREDS OF TABS HERE BUT NOT ON THE DVD COURSE SAMPLES. WOULDN’T BE FAIR TO THOSE WHO PAID. THANKS FOR UNDERSTANDING – CLAUDE

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