You can learn how to play Redemption Song by Bob Marley!

Redemption Song was penned by the legendary Bob Marley and released in 1980, less than a year before his death.

Played on just one guitar, it is one of the most politically loaded and widespread songs the world has ever heard.

Perhaps the ultimate campfire song, it uses only open position chords from the key of G. This makes Redemption Song one of the best songs for a beginner to learn.

In the video above, you’ll see how you can play Redemption Song on just one acoustic guitar, including the famous intro and all the chords.

You’ll also find two 2nd guitar parts, learn them and you can play this song with me and the singer as if we were a band.

Creating a second guitar part using a capo means you have to change key, this is one of the best ways to learn more about playing guitar. In the beginner acoustic guitar course, we do this to all songs.


Verse 1

| G | Em | C G/B | Am | x3
| G | Em | C | D | D |


| G | C D | x2
| Em | C D |
| G | C D | x2

Verse 2 and 3

| G | Em | C G/B | Am |
| G | Em | C G/B | D | (repeat all)
| D |

Guitar break

| Em | C D | x4


| Em | C D |
| G | C D |
| G | C G/B | Am | Am | Am6 | Am6 |

Improve your playing with Hammer-On’s

As you can see when I play the song, the intro uses a Hammer-On technique. You play the open string, then hammer-on the note.

This is a very common technique on the guitar and can be found in many songs. Fast Car and Wish You Were Here are only two more examples.

Improving your hammer-on technique may seem like a small detail to pay attention to but you’ll be surprised by its impact. Once you get your Hammer-On’s bang on, you’re overall playing really does improve.

Course preview (Guitar Lesson – Step 2)

In the first video above, starting at 4:22, you find a preview of Redemption Song’s guitar lesson, it’s the beginning of step 2 from the course.

The first thing we do is learn the intro, below you find TAB for it. To get TAB for the remaining 5 examples in this step, and access to all other guitar lessons on how to play Redemption Song, sign up here.

Redemption Song – Guitar Lessons

To learn how to play Redemption Song by Bob Marley, we first study the individual parts using play along loops, including how to play the intro note for note.

Once you learned how to play the complete song, we develop a 2nd and even a 3rd part so we can play Redemption Song together.

Go to Redemption Song – Guitar Lessons.

Redemption Song – Lyrics

Old pirates yes they rob I,
sold I to the merchant ships.
Minutes after they took I,
from the bottomless pit.

Go to Redemption Song – Lyrics.

Bob Marley – Biography

Bob Marley was a Jamaican singer, songwriter, guitarist, and activist.

Marley is the most widely known performer of reggae music and regarded by many as a prophet of the Rastafarian religion. Few artists have had such widespread recognition as Bob Marley.

Go to Bob Marley – Biography.

Beginner Acoustic – 9 Songs

Beginner acoustic guitar songs

You can learn how to play these 9 beginner acoustic songs!

Ain’t No Sunshine, The Drugs Don’t Work, One More Cup Of Coffee, Redemption Song, Rewind, Robin Hood, Talking About A Revolution, Time Of Your Life, and Wonderwall.

Go to Beginner Acoustic Songs.

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