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    Quote Originally Posted by mobeatz View Post
    Not to spark a huge debate here. But there is no such thing as a reggae scale or reggae chords.

    The most important part of reggae is the rythm, One drop.

    One of the most if not the most popular reggae songs is Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry" This song is based by the way on Major scale and uses the progression that has been popular for a long time up till today.

    Pay attention to how the kick drom drops and how the bass plays then the guitar playing on the up count. That is the basis of Reggae. Other than that there are no rules.


    WRONG!!!!

    here is the progression...

    C G Am F C F C G (4 times)

    if you look closely that is the key of C major...

    yes, reggae has a certain groove...

    snare/kick on the 2 and 4 with a syncopated hi hat part...

    "most" music can be related to a scale/mode...
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    Quote Originally Posted by neverenoughfunk View Post
    WRONG!!!!!!

    here is the progression...

    C G Am F C F C G (4 times)

    if you look closely that is the key of C major...

    yes, reggae has a certain groove...

    snare/kick on the 2 and 4 with a syncopated hi hat part...

    "most" music can be related to a scale/mode...
    I said it's in Major.

    Am I missing something?

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    my bad!!!

    read it wrong...

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    BTW I'm not saying there are NO scales in Reaggae.

    What I am saying is that reggae is not limited to a particular scale.

    ---------- Post added at 07:07 PM ---------- Previous post was at 07:06 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by neverenoughfunk View Post
    my bad!!!

    read it wrong...
    No prob man

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    Quote Originally Posted by mobeatz View Post
    BTW I'm not saying there are NO scales in Reaggae.

    What I am saying is that reggae is not limited to a particular scale.
    i believe no modern music is limited to a particular scale/mode...

    theory is a set of rules... the key is knowing which rule you are breaking...

    again my bad!!!

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    Why does everyone go to Bob for a so called definitive answer.

    Toots and the Maytals are credited with inventing reggae. there are certainly thousands of reggae artists out there.

    Music in general is not bound by rules or theory.

    However, theory is what unlocks the door to new genres for beginners.

    When asking how to approach something like this, they don't want the debate any chord, any scale"', they want something solid under their fingers that they can work their way through.

    I could have used examples from the genre, but that would have broken copyright laws (posting a youtube doesn't, but I prefer to offer something more than a youtube).

    This was a question that required guided learning, not "do what you please".
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    can u pls write down the chord progression...its son nice and confusing me a little ....thx
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    Quote Originally Posted by djbuddhi View Post
    can u pls write down the chord progression...its son nice and confusing me a little ....thx
    Which chord progression???
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    the midi file melody
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    Here it is in notation and note names



    The first line is what is heard until the chord changes then the 2nd line kicks in
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