Redemption Song

Learn How To Play Redemption Song

Chords and Guitar Lessons

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In the course & Complete song


About

Redemption Song was composed by the legend that was Bob Marley.

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

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 videos above, you’ll find out how you can learn how to play Redemption Song from beginning to end on just one guitar, including the famous intro and all the chords.


Chord Progression

Verse 1

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

Chorus

| 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

Outro

| 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.

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 more examples.

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.


Guitar Lessons


Redemption Song – Step 1

Today we start looking at another acoustic classic in Redemption Song by Bob Marley.

Before we look at all the different chord progressions, let’s first establish what chords are available in the key.

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Redemption Song – Step 2

Today we play the more exact parts of Redemption Song.

The intro and outro need to be done like on the record, the guitar break is down to you to design.

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Redemption Song – Step 3

Let’s have a crack at Redemption Song in all its glory, from beginning to end.

Simply play along with me in the video, keeping one eye on the chart.

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Redemption Song – Step 4

Today we learn how to construct a 2nd guitar part for Redemption Song.

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

You don’t have to follow the patterns I showed you in the last step perfectly.

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.


Related Pages


Lyrics

Redemption SongOld pirates yes they rob I
Sold I to the merchant ships
Minutes after they took I
From the bottomless pit

Go to Redemption Song Lyrics.


Biography

bob-marley-thumbBob Marley was a Jamaican singer, songwriter, guitarist, and activist.

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.

Go to Bob Marley Biography.


Course

Learning how to play guitar is best done through playing and learning from songs.

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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Songs

Learn how to play famous beginner songs.

Ain’t No Sunshine, The Drugs Don’t Work, One More Cup Of Coffee, Redemption Song, Rewind, Robin Hood, Talking About A Revolution, Time Of Your Life, and Wonderwall.

Go to Beginner Acoustic Songs.


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