Learn How To Play Redemption Song
Chords and Guitar Lessons
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Complete song – Acoustic guitar and vocals
Redemption Song was penned by the legendary Bob Marley and released in 1980, less than a year before his death.
Played on just one guitar, it is one of the most politically loaded and widespread songs the world has ever heard.
Perhaps the ultimate campfire song, it uses only open position chords from the key of G. This makes Redemption Song one of the best songs for a beginner to learn.
In the 2nd video of the playlist above, you’ll see how you can play Redemption Song from beginning to end on just one acoustic guitar, including the famous intro and all the chords.
| 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 |
| Em | C D | x4
| Em | C D |
| G | C D |
| G | C G/B | Am | Am | Am6 | Am6 |
Improve your playing with Hammer-on’s
As you can see when I play the song, the intro uses a hammer-on technique. You play the open string, then hammer-on the note.
Improving your hammer-on technique may seem like a small detail to pay attention to but you’ll be surprised by its impact. Once you get your hammer-on’s bang on, you’re overall playing really does improve.
The Reversed Chromatic Exercise
This concept can be applied to all future chromatic exercises.
Redemption Song – Step 1 (Free Preview)
Before we look at all the different chord progressions, let’s first establish what chords are available in the key.
Go to Redemption Song step 1.
Muting When Strumming
Use the chords G, Em, Am, C, and D over each example as demonstrated in the video.
Go to Muting when strumming.
Redemption Song – Step 2
The intro and outro need to be done like on the record, the guitar break is down to you to design.
Go to Redemption Song step 2.
Chromatic Exercise 2
In practice, this means that if you can play the first exercise at 100 BPM, you can automatically play this exercise at 50 BPM.
Go to Chromatic exercise 2.
Redemption Song – Step 3
Simply play along with me in the video, keeping one eye on the chart.
Go to Redemption Song step 3.
Redemption Song – Step 4
This means you can soon join me and the singer, which is what happens in the final step.
Go to Redemption Song step 4.
Redemption Song – Step 5
Since the first guitar is so consistent, you as a 2nd guitarist can afford to be a bit more experimental.
Go to Redemption Song step 5.
Go to Redemption Song lyrics.
Marley is the most widely known performer of reggae music and regarded by many as a prophet of the Rastafarian religion.
Few artists have had such widespread recognition as Bob Marley.
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Not only will learning songs help you with switching between chords and improve your rhythm playing. Songs also hold the key to how music works theoretically.
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Beginner Acoustic Songs
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What exercises should you practice to warm-up and improve your technique? How do you understand and change the key of a song?
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