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.
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.
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.