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Reggae with Stuart Ziff

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.

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Reggae is often thought of as a rather simplistic style of music, especially when compared with more complex styles such as Jazz and Rock. In this lesson series Stuart will disassemble that myth and demonstrate the nuances which makes the genre unique. He will cover both the history of Reggae and examine the techniques required to play.

Lessons in this Series:

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 Member 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 Member 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 Member 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 Sample Lesson
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 Member 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 Member 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 Member Only
Lesson 8

Contemporary Reggae

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

Length: 6:14 Difficulty: 2.0 Member 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 Member Only
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