The rhythm and accents of this solo is different from most classic solos because most of the accents are on the upbeat. Also the solo has lots of big bends so make sure you are bending to the correct pitch. This solo can take a while to learn so, I broke it up into 3 parts. I recommend learning how to play one part really good before moving on to the next part.
I am using the wah guitar pedal during this song to give it the desired effect. I am also using a down, down & up strumming pattern for the rhythm guitar part which is consistent throughout the song. The guitar riff is use’s the Gm pentatonic scale and can be played using only your 1st and 3rd fingers. To really learn it, listen to the recording and play along.
This Bob Marley song is one of the best reggae songs off his classic album “Legends”. The key to playing this song is using a sharp right hand attack for the rhythm part. The main guitar riff uses a palm muting technique, which is resting the right hand palm over the bridge of the guitar to dampen the sound of the strings. Listen to the rhythmic accents when you play along to this song.
First rest your left hand on top of the strings without applying any pressure and it will mute your sound. Then you quickly press down on the top three strings when the right hand strikes the chord. You are trying to create a short, staccato sound. Practice first with the strings muted, and then progress to pressing them down.
The right hand plays a strong down stroke motion on the offbeat of the rhythm. You are not trying to “strum” the strings, you want to “chop” them. Put some power into your picking attack and make use of the guitar as a percussive instrument. Also remember to play only the top 3 strings.
Reggae strumming patterns
The most common reggae rhythm guitar pattern involves playing a downstroke on the offbeat of the rhythm. So if you are counting in 4/4 time then you would play a downstroke on the + (and )of the beat.
“Jammin” Bob Marley
The second most common reggae guitar pattern is a down & up stroke. The down stroke is played on the offbeat and is followed by a quick up stroke on the top strings.