Reggae with Stuart Ziff

Genre and Style Guitar Course from Stuart Ziff

Reggae is a unique genre of music filled with history and passion. In this series Stuart will do his best to distill the essence of the genre and cover it's core techniques.

9 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.


Course filmed with 6 cameras for the perfect angles.

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Full Course Breakdown

Reggae is often thought of as a rather simplistic style of music, especially when compared with more complex styles such as Jazz and Rock. In this lesson series Stuart will disassemble that myth and demonstrate the nuances which makes the genre unique. He will cover both the history of Reggae and examine the techniques required to play.


Introduction & Origins of Reggae

Welcome to lesson 1 of the Reggae Guitar series presented by Stuart Ziff! This lesson details the origins of reggae. In addition, Stuart gets you started with the basic ska comping pattern. Enjoy!

8:22 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty


How Reggae Developed

In this lesson, Stuart explains and demonstrates the "skank" rhythm. Practice this simple rhythmic pattern along with a "one drop" backing track.

6:37 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


Melodic Ideas

Now that you have learned the "skank" rhythm, it's time to add in some melodic ideas. Stuart demonstrates how to play some guitar lines that layer nicely with the rest of the band.

9:42 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


R&B Influence on Reggae

Stuart delves into all the different aspects of how R&B guitar has had an impact within reggae music.

9:54 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

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Effects with Rock & Roll Vibe

Stuart demonstrates how the delay effect can greatly enhance the music as well as how your rock & roll chops can easily be applied within the reggae genre.

7:16 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Reggae Solo Techniques

This quick lesson demonstrates how to utilize space within reggae music and how to create solo type material to add into the overall song.

5:00 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Applying Rock Chops

Yet again, Stuart covers some tips on how to apply heavy rock & roll chops within reggae music. This is another great example of how this genre has been influenced by other genres.

5:18 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Contemporary Reggae

Stuart demonstrates some techniques that are used in more modern / contemporary reggae music.

6:14 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Closing Thoughts

Stuart summarizes the last 8 lessons and explains how each topic covered is a defining characteristic of reggae music.

3:32 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty

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  • Playing since 1985
  • 139 lessons at JamPlay
A veteran guitarist fluent in, Blues, R&B, Funk, Rock, Reggae and everything in between. As a Studio Musician playing guitar on numerous commercials, demos for singer-songwriters and records.

A career as a songwriter that began with Warner Bros recording artist David Ball’s first Nashville CD in 1994 “ Thinking Problem .“ Stuart was co writer on the hit song “ Thinking Problem.” Also playing on the record supplying acoustic and electric guitar. Since 2000, He’s been living in Los Angles.

Presently the Guitarist for the band WAR, touring and recording with them. As a songwriter for Film & TV: “ National Lampoons Cattle Call ,“ Americas Funniest Home Videos and Bad Girls. Songs on recordings by Eric Burden, Johnny Adams, Gary Hoey and Theresa James. Since 2005, a member of the faculty at Musician’s Institute in Hollywood.
Reviews & Feedback 89/100 with 55 ratings

Thank you Stuart


More lessons please. And with acoustic guitar


really great easy to follow teaching im loving it


Stuart makes me feel comfortable to learn from. Would love to learn one on one from him. Luck to have him on Jam Play! Steve


Stuart Ziff is a great player & instructor.


Very funny and I had no idea it's done like that.


well done even though it was basic the info was presented very well and he spent enough time to get the point across