Redemption Song


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Focusing on the left hand and all chords used in this song

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‘Redemption Song’ is a song by the legend that is 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 video lessons, you’ll see how to play the song from beginning to end, including the famous intro and all the chords.

Chord progression

These are the chords used in 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 |

Intro and end

As you can see in the video lessons, 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.

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

  • Play the exact intro using TAB
  • Understand the chord progression
  • Play all strumming patterns
  • Extend to an Am6 chord

Take the beginner course and learn this song to perfection using a complete TAB chart. As well as learning how to play ‘Redemption Song’, you will also start your journey of understanding the guitar and music.

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