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Redemption Song – Chords and strumming patterns
Today we start looking at another acoustic classic in Redemption Song by Bob Marley.
Before we look at all the different chord progressions of Redemption Song, lets first establish what chords are available in its key and what they all sound like.
Chords in the key of G
These are the chords available in the key of G. Sing along with the major scale and describe each chord as a feeling.
Attach that feeling to the roman numeral. I = home, VI = sad etc. Ignore chord III and VII for now.
There are three different verse progressions in this song, here’s the first one.
Practice along with the TAB loop in the playlist until you feel comfortable. Use the TAB loop for guaranteed success.
Here’s the second verse pattern. It has an extra bar in it. Play this whenever you’re about to move to a chorus.
In verse two and three, we start mixing the first loop with playing a D at the end, looks like this.
Again, practice along with the loop until you’re getting it right. If you have to modify the way you fret any of these chords, go for it! Remember, your way is the best way.
Redemption Song chorus progressions
The chorus moves from G (chord I) to C (chord IV) to D (chord V). Here’s how you could play this.
As a variation, the chorus sometimes moves from Em (chord VI) to IV – V. This creates a sad version of what you just played.
The strumming pattern remains the same, this makes the focus on the chord changing stronger. Practice playing this along to the loop.
Next time, we look at how to mute when you strum, this is essential in order to play all sections of Redemption Song.
See you then!
Dan (your guitar guru)