Three Little Birds by Bob Marley Lesson

Hi Matthew, @r05747k6
Welcome here and…Problems have arisen with the interested party :cry: (copywrite problems), they are working on it, but certainties are not yet given,
I advise you to look up the lyrics on the internet and write along with the chords in Justin`s lesson, which is a very good lesson, I wish you a lot of fun :sunglasses:

So, I started working on the yesterday and I’m trying to figure out how to use the metronome with it. Is there a recommended number of bpm for this to start? I’m thinking maybe 70? Any tips? Thanks

ETA: 74 bpm, that seems to be the consensus wherever I look.

Okay, I came over here after picking up my guitar to strum along with Rebecca’s debut sharing this song in AVOYP :smiley:
I ran into an odd problem trying to tap my foot and play the off-beat/syncopated rhythm :roll_eyes:
If I play it at 74bpm with a downstroke strum on the offbeat, I’m doing an upstroke with the foot-tap, which feels weird to me :thinking:
Does it make more sense to play the offbeat as an upstroke at 74bpm, or double time it so you play an ‘air-downstroke’ at the same time as you tap your foot?
Am I making sense?

I’m thinking the offbeat on the up stroke, but I could be spitting in the wind here. We need someone with experience to help!

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I am an absolute beginner, but I do have the Beginner’s Songbook. In there, Justin explains 2 strumming patterns: the easy one (4 down strums on the beat), and the off-beat one. For that one, the book indicates 4 upstrums on the off-beat. So that could make coordination with your foot tapping more easy.


Hi @LunaRocket and @LadyOfTheCastle
@brianlarsen is a bit busy so if you want to help him then a tag would be handy… Ps; nice to hear from you Lady :man_bowing:,
Greetings from a man from a terraced house ,Rogier :smile: :wink:


@brianlarsen Hm,… :thinking: I’m asking myself, why the man from the dark side chooses such a nice little harmless song :bird: :bird: :bird: for his collection of mostly very special renditions? Are you maybe creating a Hitchcock version?

What is he hatching? :notes:


Hi Helen,
I was really wondering the same thing :laughing: and didn’t want to make fun of him right away,…I so sincerely hope he uses this for techniques to get better.
Because what was going on in my head was something like …

Brian playing this sitting in the garden with his most friendly face while in the background a spit floats above the BBQ with 3 sweet birds on it getting brown during the song :sob:

Greetings :hatching_chick: :hatched_chick: :rooster:


:flushed: Oh my god! Your fantasy is working in the totally wrong direction :wink: Again, we get off piste :joy:


I’m sitting here shaking bellies with a guitar around my neck :joy:. And way too crooked behind my keyboard.
And that for a non-meat eater :grimacing:, but only a few years so still fresh in memory :roll_eyes: … and off piste again :see_no_evil:, and you in two way`s for sure :upside_down_face: … I sincerely hope that you are on piste this year and that you are completely fresh as a living hen ( in dutch that sound better :smile:) :crossed_fingers: :skier: :sunflower: :sun_with_face:
The end.
Greetings…and you all have fun with this one/three :innocent:


I’m thinking you’re probably right. It just feels a bit weird playing a whole song with upstrokes only.

I find the wind usually blows it straight back in my face when I do that :roll_eyes:

… or building? :rofl:

Thanks for the tag, Rogier :laughing:
Actually, I dealt with those three birds in the outro of my ‘cheerful’ Christmas song :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

I’m afraid I’m not up to anything creative at the moment :neutral_face: I’ve left the deep powder of the dark back-country and have returned to the green/blue beginner slopes, getting used to a pick, slightly different strumming patterns, and even -shock, horror- the odd picked notes too.
Hopefully it will pay off when I return to land of creativity :smiley:


Sweet mother of J… :flushed:,
That never occurred to me… you monster :scream:

I’ll bet my right foot you can …( and no Brian :face_with_raised_eyebrow:.slowly but surely I can sometimes tap to the beat with it :smiley:)

Yes really sweet isn’t it… me at my best… don’t get used to it :blush:


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Hey guys! I’ve been playing with some strumming patterns for this song and I came up with this:


What do you think of it? Is it good for this song? I kinda like it but I’d like to hear someone else’s opinion :smiley:


Hi Tommy, most songs sound good with various strumming patterns. Three Little Birds is no exception. I tried out your pattern, and liked it :slightly_smiling_face:. Keep on experimenting :grinning:.

I went for a strumming pattern based on Stephen Marley - Three Little Birds (Bing Lounge) - YouTube

Off beat rhythm, ie the upstrums, features alot in reggae music Tommy so that looks like a nice variation on it. I’m going to give it a go later :slight_smile:

How many BPM should this song be played at?

Hi Carl, @carlcutrone
Welcome and have fun here :sunglasses:

In cases like this that it is not listed, you can often tap the title of the song with BPM behind it faster and then google will give you the correct answer

Song Metrics

Some say 75 Bpm and 76 Bpm but I think it is enough like this?

Three Little Birds is a positive song by Bob Marley & The Wailers with a tempo of 148 BPM. It can also be used half-time at 74 BPM or double-time at 296 BPM. The track runs 3 minutes long with a A key and a major mode. It has average energy and is very danceable with a time signature of 4 beats per bar.


Edit: I now see that your question was only 8 minutes old…so you didn’t have to wait long :smile:

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Thank you! I’m having a lot of fun with this course!

Why is this not in the app anymore?