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 Post subject: Reggae rhythm guitar advice?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:07 pm 
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A friend asked me to lay down some rhythm tracks into his DAW. He wanted a reggae vibe. I figured no problem, some barre chords, a few chucks, and some upbeat kills...should be easy right? About an hour into it my thumb was killing me. Two hours in can't feel thumb and have to stop. All i can think of is that i dont usually play exclusvely barre chords when i play for my own amusement. Tonight I did. And I'm hurting. Any reggae players out there with suggestions?

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 Post subject: Re: Reggae rhythm guitar advice?
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 Post subject: Re: Reggae rhythm guitar advice?
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reggae is in the right hand not the left.
arpeggios and off beats.

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 Post subject: Re: Reggae rhythm guitar advice?
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forgot both right and left hand muting

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 Post subject: Re: Reggae rhythm guitar advice?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 6:50 pm 
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Bad bobbo, bad lol

Al, i was doing left hand chucks with my barre chords, no right hand muting (I only do that with cowboy chords). But because the style called for almost exclusively barre chords, I got really fatigued. New respect for reggae gigging musicians. That's hard work.

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 Post subject: Re: Reggae rhythm guitar advice?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 6:58 pm 
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I played a guitar a week or two ago that had the action set at about 3/64ths at the 12th fret. Barre chords were way easier. If your action is higher than 5 or 6/64ths (12th fret), barre chords will give you a serious workout. Even worse if your strings are heavier than Light gauge.
The joints previously mentioned might help you to not worry about the fatigue in your fingers.
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 Post subject: Re: Reggae rhythm guitar advice?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:52 am 
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Thanks Dave. At first glance, the spacing at the twelfth fret does look considerably higher on my ETN10BC (that I was playing the other night) than my Miyabi. Perhaps that is why I was getting so fatigued playing those barre chords. Maybe I need a setup, didn't think it needed one, but now you got me staring at that fret...

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 Post subject: Re: Reggae rhythm guitar advice?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:10 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Reggae rhythm guitar advice?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 3:17 pm 
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bangelo,
It sounds as though you have been around for awhile and you probably know this stuff but If you are not familiar with the 'CAGED' system check it out. For those interested it consists of five moveable major chord shapes (C,A,G,E,andD) that can be played in any position up and down the neck. The minor version of this is EDGAG. As an example a C chord (also works with C7) moved up two frets becomes a D chord. Two more frets up it's a E and up one more fret an F, etc. There is some string damping to contend with but once you get the hang it's a natural. Being primarily a blues player I most often use the C7 shape instead of the A7 barre shape with the root being on the 5th string. It takes the labor out of barreing up the neck.

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 Post subject: Re: Reggae rhythm guitar advice?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:08 pm 
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Thanks Blues. I am familiar with the CAGED system, but lord knows I need all the help I can get when it comes to geetar playing and I'm not too proud to ask for help! If you know of a specific book that you can recommend, please let me know.

The other night I was doing e and a shape, major/minor, barre chords. I tend to avoid the c, g, and d moveable shapes...Maybe I need that book sooner than later.

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 Post subject: Re: Reggae rhythm guitar advice?
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bangelo,
Check out Truefire.com where you will find a ton of lessons for a reasonable price. Among the offerings is a course by Brad Carlton on the CAGED system. All the Truefire courses are good news. Check them out.


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