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Reggae & Ska: Life On The Upbeat
"Reggae kinda come from a Spanish, Latin word and it mean 'King Music'."
- Bob Marley, May 1977. (McCann p. 29)
Here's one final part to this example. Instead of letting the "arpeggios" ring out, play them with the palm of your strumming hand resting lightly on the strings near the bridge. This is a technique called "muting". This will create a more rhythmic feel to the groove. In reggae music this is called a "reagge shuffle". You can hear this effect on recordings by Bob Marley and the Wailers, Peter Tosh, Toots and the Maytals and other reggae greats.