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Caribbean Styles: Reggae

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Reggae is usually played with a swing feel (or somewhere the 2 & 4 guitar skanks (dampened scratch chords). The
between straight and swung). Some of the characteristics of first two reggae grooves start with fundamental one-drop
the style are the empty beat one (known as a one drop patterns, and 3 & 4 are versions of a steppers groove

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reggae), a heavy bass drum/snare cross-stick on count 3 and (with the four-on-the-floor bass drum).
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2 y y y y y
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One Drop Reggae


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This tune flips the usual verse/chorus to chorus/verse plus includes a phrase extension as kind of a tag.

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Play 8 Play 12 . 2 more
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intro
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chorus

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verse (extension)

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stepper