“Satisfy My Soul” Bob Marley Chords & Lyrics

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This is an easy regggae song to learn how to play on guitar once you know your basic barre chord shapes. The song structure is not your normal verse, chorus, bridge, but rather uses a a basic chord progressions and then adds variations to it. Keep your right hand rhythm short and only strike the top strings. This song would also sound good using open chords on an acoustic guitar.

Learning the notes on the guitar fretboard

To start, here’s a couple things you should already know:

  • Each of the guitar’s six string’s E,A,D,G,B,E
  • The musical alphabet has seven natural notes A,B,C,D,E,F,G

Okay so there is seven notes, that’s sounds easy enough…

But why does it take 12 frets to reach the same note again (octave)?

The distance between the notes are not the same.

You need to know two basic guitar music theory rules:

  1. The distance between B-C and E-F is one fret
  2. The distance between the all the rest of the notes is two frets.

So for example let’s start with the open E string

Likewise, if you start on the A string you have

And the same thing for the rest of the strings

But wait….

What about the notes in between?

That’s where the sharp’s and flats come into the picture.

The notes in between can be called sharp or flat depending on the key of the song. It has the same pitch, but two different names. This is more important when reading music. But the basic idea is simple. If the note is above, then the note is called sharp, if its below , then it’s called flat.

Let’s take for example the 1st fret on the A string. The note is above A so it’s called

  • A Sharp or A#

That same note is also below B, so we can call it

  • B Flat or Bb
To really learn the notes on the fretboard takes time, and practice.

Here is how you practice

  1. Start with each string going up and down and say just the natural notes. Try for one string a day.
  2. Then go up each string and say the natural notes and call all the notes in between sharps.
  3. After that do the same thing and call all the notes in between flats.
  4. A good game you can play is to just randomly pick a note and figure out what note it is. This is even better if you have someone pick the note for you.
  5. Learn the notes of your favorite songs

“Santeria” Sublime Chords

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I would a clean tone for the reggae rhythm guitar and maybe a little bit of a phaser or some similar guitar effect pedal. The chorus part is just a basic arpeggio of the chords and can be played finger picked or picked with a pick, both ways sound good. This song has an awesome guitar solo, and I recommend trying to learn it by ear. Lots of blues runs and tasty bends.

“Guiltiness” Bob Marley Lyrics

Guiltiness (talkin’ ’bout guiltiness)
Pressed on their conscience. Oh yeah.
And they live their lives (they live their lives)
On false pretence everyday -
each and everyday. Yeah.

These are the big fish
Who always try to eat down the small fish,
just the small fish.
I tell you what: they would do anything
To materialize their every wish. Oh yeah-eah-eah-eah.

Say: Woe to the downpressors:
They’ll eat the bread of sorrow!
Woe to the downpressors:
They’ll eat the bread of sad tomorrow!
Woe to the downpressors:
They’ll eat the bread of sorrow!
Oh, yeah-eah! Oh, yeah-eah-eah-eah!

Guiltiness
Pressed on their conscience. Oh yeah. Oh yeah.
These are the big fish
Who always try to eat down the small fish,
just the small fish.

I tell you what: they would do anything
To materialize their every wish. Oh, yeah-eah-eah-eah-eah-eah.

But: Woe to the downpressors:
They’ll eat the bread of sorrow!
Woe to the downpressors:
They’ll eat the bread of sad tomorrow!
Woe to the downpressors:
They’ll eat the bread of sad tomorrow!
Oh, yeah-eah! Oh yeah-e-e-e-e-e!

Guiltiness. Oh yeah. Ah!
They’ll eat the bread of sorrow everyday.

“The Lazy Song” Bruno Mars Chords

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If you are playing this on acoustic guitar then I would recommend playing the full barre chords in a bass / chord strumming pattern. The best way to learn that would be to watch Bruno Mars perform it on his acoustic guitar in the Billboard live performance. Keep in mind he is playing it a whole step down ( two frets ) so the Key of the song is A Major. For the regular version on electric guitar I would play only on the top 3 strings, clean tone, and a sharp attack for the reggae rhythm guitar.