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BS-101 • Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
« on: November 28, 2008, 01:42:35 am »
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Re: BS-101 • Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2008, 09:33:24 pm »
For anyone who wants to add more interest to this song, there is a nice little melody line you can 'extract' from A chord. Try transcribing it first, it's easy.
It goes like this:

              A

e---------0----------0---------------
B---------2-----0--------2--0--------
G---------2---2---2-----------2---2--
D---------2---------------------2----
A-----0---0--------------------------
X-------------------------------------

                                                                                                                  
You can also try adding Dsus4 on D, for example: down down up down up, pause(D still ringing), down up  down(on Dsus4)  up, and back to A. It fits nice with the melody  :)

Hope that helps.
   
« Last Edit: November 30, 2008, 04:10:13 pm by Rile »

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Re: BS-101 • Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2009, 06:55:09 pm »
I've only been playing a couple weeks so if this is a silly question please be kind. 

In the video tutorial Justin mentions that an alternative style for playing this song is to strum on the off-beats.  However, since there is very little going on with the simple 4 down strums per measure, I logically don't understand how playing on beat or off beat makes any difference (both methods result in 4 downstrokes in a measure). 

Is it simply meant to slightly change the "alignment" of when the lyrics are sung vs when the strums occur?

Thinking like an artist rather than an engineer might take some time...

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Re: BS-101 • Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2009, 09:10:27 am »
I felt like this too.  The best thing to do is tap your foot to the beat, and strum between the beats.  It works better if you have an accomplice who can play a tambourine or marraca :)

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Re: BS-101 • Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2009, 02:28:21 pm »
Right, I don't really understand you Sharkus but I'll take a stab. The song on the the beats is 4 down strums, so 1 2 3 4. All down, what Justin does is add another down strum in-between the 1 2 3 4 so it ends up 1&2&3&4& with a down strum on both the number and &. It makes it sound a bit more reggae.

Hope that makes sense.

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Re: BS-101 • Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2009, 01:41:13 am »
So as I understand in a sense it'll be 8 strums? I thought on the numbers it would be a miss.


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Re: BS-101 • Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2009, 09:09:19 pm »
So as I understand in a sense it'll be 8 strums? I thought on the numbers it would be a miss.


You strum only on the "ands" (+)

1  +  2  +  3  +  4  +

It makes the "alignment" different with the vocal and sounds more reggae as stated earlier.
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Re: BS-101 • Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2009, 02:34:26 am »
"Is it simply meant to slightly change the "alignment" of when the lyrics are sung vs when the strums occur?

Thinking like an artist rather than an engineer might take some time..."

Yes, everybody starts at the same time, but some start with a -rest-.

So if a vocal starts on the downbeat and you play a rest... it's going to sound decidedly different than if you play a strum in unison with the vocal.
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Re: BS-101 • Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2009, 12:58:59 pm »
Hi

can anyone please tell me what tempo this should be paid in

thanks

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Re: BS-101 • Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2009, 10:55:33 pm »
Hi

can anyone please tell me what tempo this should be paid in

thanks

It doesn't really matter imo., you can play it on what ever tempo you like. Jimi played it in variable tempos. On the record its "abit faster" and if you go check live performanses it's usually abit slower tempoed. I think you just have to feel the chords and vibes from the song and go with it .. :) though you can always google some metronome and play it against the record and check the tempo.

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Re: BS-101 • Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2009, 03:35:24 am »
QUESTION!!!!!!
Dear Justin
Thank you for your marvellous lessons, I've learnt a lot these days!!

For playing songs, should I still follow the strum pattern? Like if I'm playing the D-chord, should I only strum from the fourth string to the lowest string, as usual? or should I strum every string?

One more thing is that, I don't know how to read the beat.
like,
        A                  A
Don't worry about a thing

when should I strum A-chord? at"worry"? or at "Don't"?
and when should I strum another A chord? at "thing" or at "about"

Thank you for you time~

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Re: BS-101 • Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2009, 11:20:57 am »
Everey A means a bar (4 strums)

You start the new bar at the word.

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Re: BS-101 • Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2009, 11:50:26 pm »
I have chosen this to be my first song because I know it well and I love a bit 'o' Bob. (Redemption song would be great too)  ;)
This is a revealtion!!

I found this below** or is the fact i'm reading it like this ruining my progress of learning it the right way?
Apologies if i'm wrong in posting these chords..

So every time I see a letter on here I strum it 4 times (apart from the obvious intro) right??

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Intro: A A A A


Chorus:

A
Don't worry, about a thing

       D                              A
Cause' every little thing, gonna be alright

       (A)
Singin' don't worry, about a thing

       D                              A
Cause' every little thing, gonna be alright


Verse:

A
Rise up this mornin'

               E
Smile with the rising sun

             D                 A
three little birds pirch by my doorstep

       (A)
Singin' sweet songs

           E
of melodys pure and true

       D                   A
sayin', this my message to you-oo-oo


Chorus:

        A
Singin' don't worry, about a thing

       D                                   A
Cause' every little thing, (is) gonna be alright

       (A)
Singin' don't worry, (don't worry) about a thing

       D                              A
Cause' every little thing, gonna be alright

(Verse)

(Chorus)

(Chorus)

(Chorus)Fade

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Re: BS-101 • Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2009, 09:00:35 am »
Hey Guys,
Just starting out & trying to learn this song. I too was unsure when to change chords but I reckon martojo124's explanation sorted that out.
Couple of points though:
When watching the video, J appears to change to the D chord on the word "Cause" (every little thing) whereas the lyrics / tab shows the change at "every".
Similarly, in the verse, I reckon J changed to the A chord at "Three" (little birds) rather than "birds". Am I reading one or the other incorrectly?
Also, my middle finger has "calloused-up" & I get this little line running thru. I find lightly filing the callous to take the bumps away helps but is this a smart thing to do?
Thanks.

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Re: BS-101 • Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
« Reply #14 on: September 29, 2009, 04:24:22 pm »
Sorry if I sound a little bit stupid in asking the previous question. I am a little slow sometimes at understanding things.

You are not alone....in fact, I think I'm more stupid....(I'm actually)
I keep hearing a down-strum and a 'knock' for the 'and' as in 1 -knock-2-knock-3-knock-4....Was Justin using the metronome to produce the 'knocking' beat?

Sorry, I even sound silly..... 

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Re: BS-101 • Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
« Reply #15 on: October 04, 2009, 04:41:14 pm »
I'm finding this really hard to play.

It just sounds wrong to me if I strum with the beat - and while I totally get the concept of strumming on the off beat - I'm finding it really hard to do.

I just keep gravitating back to strumming on the beat.

This pattern seems to go counter to everything else on the course - on the RUST DVD Justin says that you always (almost) strum down on the beat and up on the off beats - but if Reggae is different that's quite a big exception to the rule.

Any tips for getting the hand of the off-beat strumming?

Sean



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Re: BS-101 • Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
« Reply #16 on: November 16, 2009, 03:43:30 pm »
Sorry if I sound a little bit stupid in asking the previous question. I am a little slow sometimes at understanding things.

You are not alone....in fact, I think I'm more stupid....(I'm actually)
I keep hearing a down-strum and a 'knock' for the 'and' as in 1 -knock-2-knock-3-knock-4....Was Justin using the metronome to produce the 'knocking' beat?

Sorry, I even sound silly..... 
        no!  i think it was justin using his foot or tapping the body of the guitar on the off beat

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Re: BS-101 • Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
« Reply #17 on: December 11, 2009, 07:11:40 pm »
All right, I have a question. Now, I know this sounds ridiculous and it's really an easy song, but counting the strums, paying attenion to the right number of strings to strum, and singing at the same time (wow - a bit too much).
Anyone having the same issue? I need to get all my chickens in a row before I start singing.

Please comment -lol-

Greets, EatLemons

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Re: BS-101 • Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
« Reply #18 on: December 31, 2009, 07:02:27 am »
Hi

can anyone please tell me what tempo this should be played in

thanks

About 72 or 76 BPM.
There is a good metronome where you can tap out the beat (as you listen to it in another window, maybe) and find the tempo. http://www.seventhstring.com/metronome/metronome.html

Gord

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Re: BS-101 • Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
« Reply #19 on: December 31, 2009, 07:10:39 am »
All right, I have a question. Now, I know this sounds ridiculous and it's really an easy song, but counting the strums, paying attenion to the right number of strings to strum, and singing at the same time (wow - a bit too much).
Anyone having the same issue? I need to get all my chickens in a row before I start singing.

Please comment -lol-

Greets, EatLemons

I just started too, and I found it easier to focus in things in this order:
1. Playing the chords right
2. Switching between chords smoothly and on each bar
3. Strumming consistent tempo
4. Singing

Singing plays heck with my tempo if I don't get used to how the guitar sounds first.

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Re: BS-101 • Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
« Reply #20 on: January 02, 2010, 06:40:32 pm »
For anyone who wants to spice this song up a little more, here's a 16th note strum pattern.  It's basically the one from the B is for Bob version of the song: http://www.rhapsody.com/goto?rcid=tra.28773287

It goes 

1 e & a 2 e & a 3 e & a 4 e & a
D     U D     U   U   U D   D U

Sh4d0W

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Re: BS-101 • Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
« Reply #21 on: March 15, 2010, 12:25:47 pm »
Hello Justin and all guitarists :D,

I bought my first guitar recently and I'm learning to play.. First of all this page is awesome, thanks Justin for the beginner course and for all tips for beginners and stuff..

This song is pretty nice and easy to play but i have few questions :P

1. Is Justin playing A on 2 bars or 3 bars (from the beginning)? It seems to me like 3 bars (i just want to be sure)
2. I'm little confused how the chords go.. I think its this way, please correct me if I'm wrong...

   First is intro: A A A A
   Then it should go like this? : A A D A (twice), and then verse: A E A D A E D A (?)

Is it right?
(Sorry for stupid post :P and Sorry for my bad English)

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Re: BS-101 • Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
« Reply #22 on: March 15, 2010, 10:03:13 pm »
I could be wrong as well as I'm new too but I've got:

Intro: A A A A
Chorus: A D A A D A
Verse: A E D A A E D A
Chorus
Verse
Chorus
Chorus
Chorus (Fade)

Try that sounds right to me, but I could be wrong?

Sh4d0W

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Re: BS-101 • Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
« Reply #23 on: March 17, 2010, 02:51:14 pm »
i have one more (easy) question.. when playing E chord you strum all 6 strings, when playing A chord you strum 5 strings, when playing D chord you strum 4 strings, right?..  So when playing song and changing chords, do i need to strum that amount of strings as while playing individual chords or i strum all strings on each chord?

Please answer :P

(Sorry for my english)

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Re: BS-101 • Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
« Reply #24 on: March 17, 2010, 10:08:10 pm »
@Sh4d0W All good :)
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