One Love/People Get Ready Guitar Lesson – Bob Marley and the Wailers

In this quick and easy One Love/People Get Ready guitar lesson, I will show you all of the chords for this smash hit by Bob Marley and the Wailers.

We basically have two different chord progressions here, the chorus, and the verse.

I open the lesson playing the chorus progression. The distinct reggae rhythm is performed by playing quick chord stabs on the upbeats while immediately muting the chord in the left hand.

I will demonstrate this technique in the video lesson so that you will be able to get those chords to sound nice and tight.

As for the chords themselves, it shouldn't be very challenging for anyone who knows how to play closed position triads around the fretboard. There are many lessons at that show you how to know all of them systematically.

The chorus is a bit easier to grasp than the verse, however the verse chord progression is probably a little more interesting sounding due to it's use of a minor chord.

In any case, this one shouldn't take you very long to master so have fun!


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One Love/People Get Ready Guitar Lesson - Bob Marley and the Wailers


  1. Mike Kraft on October 24, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Love Marley 🙂

    Thank you Carl.

    Do you have more Reggae strumming lessons?

    • Carl Brown on October 24, 2018 at 1:58 pm

      Hey Mike!

      I don’t really have lessons dedicated to Reggae strumming, but it would be covered within the rhythm foundations course which is in the beginner category of the academy.

      That course teaches you how to feel rhythm intuitively without without having to constantly count out rhythms or memorize patterns. As for reggae, it is mostly accented upbeats which would be easy to do after you go through that course. 🙂

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