Kick back and take in the sound of Ja­maica as you jam along with TG’S reg­gae-style back­ing track

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Reg­gae orig­i­nated in Ja­maica and com­bines el­e­ments of other Ja­maican mu­sic styles, such as ska, rock­steady and lovers rock. Many chart-top­ping rock and pop artists have in­cor­po­rated the reg­gae sound into their songs in­clud­ing Ste­vie Won­der, Cul­ture Club, The Po­lice and The Clash – it’s less of a niche than you might think!

We have based our reg­gae jam track on the clas­sic roots reg­gae style that the great Bob Mar­ley and his band The Wail­ers were so fa­mous for. The short, ac­cented key­board chords on beats 2 and 4 of each bar are a key com­po­nent that is dou­bled by the rhythm gui­tar part through­out the jam track. If you’re go­ing to play chords, this is the rhythm you’ll need to play. Reg­gae gui­tarists of­ten con­cen­trate on us­ing the top three or four strings and a tre­ble-rich bridge pickup sound tends to cut through best.

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