Here is a moderately simple Reggae rhythm pattern for solo guitar, which may be used as an exercise for practicing right-hand thumb independance.
A basic upbeat rhythm pattern is introduced by the Am
chords in Bars 1 & 2
These chords are to be picked with the 1st,2nd, and 3rd fingers of the right hand.
Bars 3 to 6
add a syncopated Bass line, to be picked with the thumb.
See the next Page for help with counting the beats.
Bars 7 to 10
add a further rhythmic beat (shown as a mute), which is a purely percussive sound made by slapping
down on the strings with thumb & finger tips.
NOTE: This is only intended as a picking exercise
For further information about Reggae rhythms, please refer to
Reggae & Ska: Life On The Upbeat