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  posted on 4/13/2011 at 02:54 PM
While this posting isn't Allman-related, I figure that some of the people here who love the ABB also appreciate Bob Marley and The Wailers, so this is for these folks.

I've just finished writing an article about my favorite musician, Bob Marley, covering his life from birth to the release of "Catch a Fire," his first album on Island Records. At more than 7,000 words, this account goes way deep into his upbringing, musical influences, early recordings, the forming of the Wailers, the Jamaican singles, and the Catch a Fire sessions in Jamaica and London.

One of the people who contributed to this account was Cat Coore, guitarist for Third World. I thought some guitar gear fans might find his views on the origin of the reggae guitar sound – and the Jamaicans’ guitar of choice, the Fender Jaguar – to be interesting: “The difference between rock steady and reggae, is there is no upstroke on the guitar strum in rock steady. It’s just a straight cha, cha. But in reggae, it’s cha-cha, cha-cha, down-up, down-up – although sometimes it’s down, down. It’s very rarely just upstokes. You can almost play a reggae guitar riff on top of a rock-steady feel; the two of them can go hand-in-hand. But in rock steady, the bass drum is on two and four in a four-beat bar – one, boop, three, boop. Now we call that standard ‘one-drop’ reggae. What makes up a good reggae guitar part is the feel for the rhythm and the sound of the instrument – that’s very important. It should have a clear top-end, but it should not be too brittle. That Fender Jaguar sound on the two pickups is one of the greatest reggae rhythm sounds. It has a bright top end, but also a nice middle and bottom end. In Jamaica, that was one of the most famous reggae guitars for years. If you didn’t own a Fender Jaguar, you didn’t own a guitar. That was the tradition.” Cat also shined a light on the lesser-known innovators Lyn Taitt and Ernest Ranglin.

Anyway, if you’re into Bob Marley, songwriting, and/or reggae guitar, I’ve posted everything here:
http://jasobrecht.com/bob-marleys-early-years-miles-london/

 
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  posted on 4/14/2011 at 06:16 AM
Love the roots reggae music.....it's a shame that it's all but gone. I've been to Jamaica twice in the last year and it's amazing how strong of an influence Bob has on that country. Thanks for the read.
 

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  posted on 4/14/2011 at 10:15 AM
Thank you! Very cool. Thanks for spreading this around and sharing positive information on all music!
 

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  posted on 4/15/2011 at 03:59 PM
thanks--love your posts....i'm a huge Marley fan & really appreciate this--love his live stuff!
 

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  posted on 4/15/2011 at 04:34 PM
Thanks Jaso.
The main reason I went to Wanee '09, was because the Wailers were there.

 

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