“Slave Driver” Bob Marley

Slave driver the table is turned
Catch a fire so you can get burned
Slave driver the table is turned
Catch a fire you’re gonna get burned

Ev’ry time I hear the crack of the whip
My blood runs cold
I remember on the slave ship
How they brutalised our very souls
Today they say that we are free
Only to be chained in poverty
Good god, I think it’s all illiteracy
It’s only a machine that make money

Slave driver the table is turned
Slave driver the table is turned baby now
Catch a fire so you can get burned baby now
Slave driver the table is turned
Catch a fire so you can get burned

Ev’ry time I hear the crack of the whip
My blood runs cold
I remember on the slave ship
How they brutalised our very souls

Oh god have mercy on our souls

“Three Little Birds” Bob Marley Chords & Lyrics – Video Lesson

Video Lesson

Chord Chart Available in Songbook

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A chord - Bob Marley Song "Three little birds"  D chord - Bob Marley Song "Three little birds"  E chord - Bob Marley Song "Three little birds"

 Guitar Techniques

The lead guitar part is using a pattern of 6ths played with a finger and pick, called hybrid picking. Once you get comfortable picking pattern just move it up the neck to the E and D chords in the same barre chord shape. Also make sure to play your notes super short to get that staccato phrasing.

The guitar chords Bob Marley uses for this song and the classic I, IV, V chord progression in A major. These chords can be played in the open position for acoustic guitar, or you can play the barre chords I have outlined in the chord chart. The rhythm guitar part is played using a downstroke on the offbeat and is explained in detail in my lesson How to play Reggae Rhythm Guitar.

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10 Awesome Bob Marley Quotes

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”

 

“Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny”

 

“You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She’s not perfect – you aren’t either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break – her heart. So don’t hurt her, don’t change her, don’t analyze and don’t expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she’s not there.”

 

“My music will go on forever. Maybe it’s a fool say that, but when me know facts me can say facts. My music will go on forever.”

 

“The day you stop racing, is the day you win the race.”

 

“You can’t find the right roads when the streets are paved.”

 

“Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.”

 

“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively”

 

“None but ourselves can free our minds.”

 

“You have to be someone.”

 

“Wake up and live”

“Stir it Up” Bob Marley Chords & Wah Wah Pedal

Video Lesson

Chord Chart Available in Songbook

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Guitar Technique


The Wah effect pedal can be used for the rhythm guitar part Bob Marley is playing by pressing all the way down on your wah pedal. Using the clean channel of your guitar amp this should give your guitar more top end (treble).

The wah pedal can also be used during the lead guitar part that Peter Tosh is playing. You want to slowly press down on the pedal as you play the chord on the downbeat.

With guitar effect pedals less is always more, so try to be economic with your use of the Wah pedal when playing