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Stuart Ziff

Introduction & Origins of Reggae

Welcome to lesson 1 of the Reggae Guitar series presented by Stuart Ziff! This lesson details the origins of reggae. In addition, Stuart gets you started with the basic ska comping pattern. Enjoy!

Taught by Stuart Ziff in Reggae with Stuart Ziff seriesLength: 8:22Difficulty: 1.0 of 5


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Belizean ManBelizean Man replied on June 1st, 2016

Hello! Stuart thank you for showing me how to get started on playing Ska music on the electric guitar this is going to fun.

gnardvarkgnardvark replied on May 29th, 2013

HEY MON1me like your style ,takes me way bacjk hey mon me loves yer style .reminds me of wheni was a young boy dowm by ther bitch!haile Selassie eye and I rastafari

ndwong19ndwong19 replied on March 2nd, 2013

93 Years of Experience ! Still looking young for someone 100+ :) I'm from Jamaica and i'm thoroughly enjoying the lessons and learning new chords shapes that are better suited for Reggae.

ivan_cortes16ivan_cortes16 replied on December 20th, 2012

Stuart is the greatest

lululionesslululioness replied on November 14th, 2012

This is cool! Can't wait to add reggae to my skills :)

J.RodJ.Rod replied on October 6th, 2012

Nice! Looking forward to adding some reggae to my playing.

thebraverygirlthebraverygirl replied on October 5th, 2012

Great addition to the site, looking forward to working through this series!

philmanphilman replied on October 5th, 2012

Yeah Reggae ;)

prsedprsed replied on October 5th, 2012

Not before time.This should have happened long long ago,all the metal herel gets predictable...did I really say that.Lets hope we get some bass lessons too now that will be challenging.Thanks!

aquiguillermoaquiguillermo replied on October 4th, 2012

Cool!!!

aceridgeyaceridgey replied on October 4th, 2012

Fantastic!! Been waiting for this series!!! As a Rasta and a guitarist. This is exciting

emilios1995emilios1995 replied on October 4th, 2012

Stuart, what kind of pick you use for these upstrokes?, because i feel more comfortable with the light picks though i always use mediums .

jboothjbooth replied on October 3rd, 2012

Nice lesson Stuart, GJ. Love that you are already playing with tracks.

alien_xalien_x replied on October 3rd, 2012

I knew something was missing! Great idea. Looking forward to it.

greeneyedgypsygreeneyedgypsy replied on October 3rd, 2012

This is awesome, just this afternoon I was thinking I wish JamPlay had a Reggae series!

CraigMR76CraigMR76 replied on October 2nd, 2012

Welcome Stuart, should be a fun series!

emilios1995emilios1995 replied on October 2nd, 2012

exciting !

Reggae with Stuart Ziff

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Reggae is a unique genre of music filled with history and passion. In this series Stuart will do his best to distill the essence of the genre and cover it's core techniques.



Lesson 1

Introduction & Origins of Reggae

Welcome to lesson 1 of the Reggae Guitar series presented by Stuart Ziff! This lesson details the origins of reggae. In addition, Stuart gets you started with the basic ska comping pattern. Enjoy!

Length: 8:22 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 2

How Reggae Developed

In this lesson, Stuart explains and demonstrates the "skank" rhythm. Practice this simple rhythmic pattern along with a "one drop" backing track.

Length: 6:37 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

Melodic Ideas

Now that you have learned the "skank" rhythm, it's time to add in some melodic ideas. Stuart demonstrates how to play some guitar lines that layer nicely with the rest of the band.

Length: 9:42 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

R&B Influence on Reggae

Stuart delves into all the different aspects of how R&B guitar has had an impact within reggae music.

Length: 9:54 Difficulty: 2.0 FREE
Lesson 5

Effects with Rock & Roll Vibe

Stuart demonstrates how the delay effect can greatly enhance the music as well as how your rock & roll chops can easily be applied within the reggae genre.

Length: 7:16 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 6

Reggae Solo Techniques

This quick lesson demonstrates how to utilize space within reggae music and how to create solo type material to add into the overall song.

Length: 5:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

Applying Rock Chops

Yet again, Stuart covers some tips on how to apply heavy rock & roll chops within reggae music. This is another great example of how this genre has been influenced by other genres.

Length: 5:18 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Contemporary Reggae

Stuart demonstrates some techniques that are used in more modern / contemporary reggae music.

Length: 6:14 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Closing Thoughts

Stuart summarizes the last 8 lessons and explains how each topic covered is a defining characteristic of reggae music.

Length: 3:32 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only

About Stuart Ziff View Full Biography A veteran guitarist fluent in, Blues, R&B, Funk, Rock, Reggae and everything in between. As a Studio Musician playing guitar on numerous commercials, demos for singer songwriters and records

. A career as a songwriter that began with Warner Bros recording artist David Ball’s first Nashville CD in 1994 “ Thinking Problem .“ Stuart was co writer on the hit song “ Thinking Problem.” Also playing on the record supplying acoustic and electric guitar. Since 2000, He’s been living in Los Angles. Presently the Guitarist for the band WAR, touring and recording with them. As a songwriter for Film & TV: “ National Lampoons Cattle Call ,“ Americas Funniest Home Videos and Bad Girls. Songs on recordings by Eric Burden, Johnny Adams, Gary Hoey and Theresa James. Since 2005, a member of the faculty at Musician’s Institute in Hollywood.

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