Redemption Song Chords

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Learn how to play Redemption Song on one acoustic guitar!

‘Redemption Song’ is a song by the legend that is Bob Marley.

Played on just one guitar it is one of the politically most loaded and wide spread songs the world has ever seen.

Perhaps the ultimate campfire song it use only open position chords from the key of G.

This makes ‘Redemption Song’ one of the best songs to learn for a beginner.

Redemption Song Chords

These are the chords used in ‘Redemption Song’ by Bob Marley:

Verse 1

| G | Em | C G/B | Am | x3
| G | Em | C | D | D |


| G | C D | x2
| Em | C D |
| G | C D | x2

Verse 2 and 3

| G | Em | C G/B | Am |
| G | Em | C G/B | D | (repeat all)
| D |

Guitar break

| Em | C D | x4


| Em | C D |
I G | C D |
| G | C G/B | Am | Am | Am6 | Am6 |

Verse 1 and 2 differ slightly, there’s a G/B in the second line for Verse 2 (and 3).

The Outro is a variation on the Chorus chords. The final Am is extended to an Am6.

Redemption Song Intro + End

As you can see in the video lesson, the intro use the hammer on technique. You play the open string, then “hammer on” the note.

This is a very common technique on the guitar and can be found in many songs, Fast Car and Wish You Were Here are only two examples.

There’s an in depth lesson available on how to play ‘Redemption Song’ in the course, including:

  1. How to play the exact Intro
  2. How the chord progression is structured
  3. How to play all strumming patterns
  4. How to extend to an Am6
  5. A complete chart

Take the Beginner Guitar Course and learn this song to perfection as you start your journey of understanding the guitar.