Hey everybody! In today’s lesson we’re going to learn a classic reggae tune by Bob Marley, “Get Up, Stand Up.” This song only uses one chord the whole time – the caveat: it is a bar chord. So, even though there’s just one chord, it’s still going to take a little bit of work. On top of that, were also going to show you all of the incredible lead lines performed by Bob Marley’s guitar player (probably Peter Tosh on this recording? Correct me if I’m wrong please!).
If you need help with that ONE barre chord used in this song, I recommend taking a peek at my latest course, “Barre Chords Made Easy” – https://goodguitarist.com/barre-chords/
The lesson begins with the rhythm which is incredibly simple. We can either use a C minor or B minor barre chord shape (depending on your preference since this song is actually BETWEEN the two keys… it’s not really in either. You’ll know what I mean when you try to play along with the original recording your rhythm will either sound to flat or too sharp – and it’s totally not worth it to re-tune your guitar.. it makes more sense to just play the song in a normal key).
Anyway, we take a look at the shape and an easy way to play it, for those of you who are newer to guitar, and a couple places you can play the shape. So, we’re REALLY going to explore this one since it is so simple otherwise!
Following that, we’ll take a look at the lead lines. There are three of them: Intro, Chorus and Verse. I take you through them one at a time and we work out all the fine details, the accents & the rhythms… all that good stuff.
And then finally as a little bonus we also learn how to incorporate the chords with the lead so that you can play a much richer sounding very version of this song.
I hope you enjoy the lesson. All the best!