Redemption Song

Redemption Song

Chords and strumming

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Redemption Song chords and strumming


‘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 lesson, you’ll see how to play the song from beginning to end, including the famous intro and all the chords.

In the step by step course, I’ll take you through each section and show you in detail what you could play.

In the last lesson, you’ll even learn a second guitar part. This means you can play the song with me and the singer as a three-piece band.

Chord Progression

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 |

Improve your playing with Hammer-on’s

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.

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.

There are in-depth, members-only video lessons available on how to play ‘Redemption Song’ in the course, including how to:

  • Play the intro note for note
  • Understand the chord progression
  • Play all strumming patterns
  • Fine tune your hammer-on technique
  • Extend to an Am6 chord
  • Create 2nd guitar parts

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

Related Pages

Redemption Song – Lyrics

Redemption SongOld pirates yes they rob I
Sold I to the merchant ships
Minutes after they took I
From the bottomless pit
But my hand was made strong

For complete lyrics, go to Redemption Song lyrics.

Bob Marley – 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.

To find out more, go to Bob Marley biography.


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

Not only will learning songs help you with switching from one chord to another and improve your rhythm playing – they also hold the key to how music works theoretically.

To see all the lessons in the beginner course, go to the Beginner Guitar Course


Beginner Chord ProgressionWe all have to start somewhere, but for how long do you strum simple songs? What do you need to know to play real songs?

What exercises should you practice to warm-up and improve your technique? How do you understand and change the key of a chord progression of a song?

A beginner need guidance more than anyone, check out these easy to follow video lessons as a preview of what awaits in the course: Beginner Guitar Lessons


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’.

To preview each song, go to Beginner Acoustic Songs

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