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Bob Marley Reggae Chord Style Riff

By Darren DeFranco


Hey mon!

Hopefully this won’t be too shocking for you guys, but believe it or not, reggae chords are commonly used in…reggae music. Yeah, you might want to sit down for that one. But in all seriousness, reggae master Bob Marley would often use these smaller chord shapes on the upbeats to create his signature grooves. We’ll learn a typical Bob Marley style riff in today’s lesson to demonstrate.

Have fun with the riff guys!


Master this riff and you’ll be good to go. Make sure to also identify which reggae shape you’re using at any point and what the root note is.


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