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New Song: Redemption Song for Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, and Singing

Posted on July 24, 2019

Let’s play this heartfelt acoustic ballad! It features a very simple stripped-back instrumentation: just acoustic guitar and vocals. This is a classic combination that works perfectly for a folk sound and adds to the intimate feel of the song.

“Redemption Song”, made famous by Bob Marley, is now available in Yousician for Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, and Singing.

Redemption Song for Guitar
by: James Neilson, Music Education Designer for Guitar

In the basic riff exercise (level 2) you’ll play a simplified version of the intro riff and continue by playing along with the low part of the original guitar. Look out for the changing playing positions: some of the song is in 2nd position (index on fret 2), and some is in 3rd position (index on fret 3).

In the main rhythm exercise (level 5) you’ll play a slightly simplified version of the original guitar part, which combines a riff in the intro, with strummed cowboy chords throughout the rest of the song. Notice the ever-popular strumming pattern that’s used through most of the song: D-DU-UD.

The full rhythm exercise (level 6) uses the full original guitar part, which combines riffing in the intro and bridge, and strummed fancy chords throughout the rest of the song. Watch out for the fast hammer-ons in the intro – it’s a good idea to practice this part slowly by itself at first until it gets under your fingers.

Redemption Song for Ukulele
by: Vellu Halkosalmi, Music Education Designer for Bass and Ukulele

In the chords & melody exercise (level 5) you’ll play a slightly simplified version of the original guitar part, which combines a melody in the intro, with strummed chords throughout the rest of the song. Notice the ever-popular strumming pattern that’s used through most of the song: D-DU-UD.

Redemption Song for Singing
by: Sonja Patrikainen, Music Education Designer for Singing

This song is one of the greatest pieces of work by Bob Marley. The rhythms in the vocal part are quite speech-like and have a laid back feel common to reggae music. To get a grasp of the rhythm, I recommend you first just speak the lyrics with the background and try to match with the vocals as accurately as you can. You can do this in practice mode, which you can access from the pause menu.