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How to Play Contemporary Reggae by Stuart Ziff (Guitar Lesson)


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Stuart Ziff

Contemporary Reggae

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

Taught by Stuart Ziff in Reggae with Stuart Ziff seriesLength: 6:14Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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aceridgeyaceridgey replied on October 28th, 2012

I disagree with the upstrokes. Reggae should be played with downstrokes. This is more a ska feel?

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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