Bob Marley's "Jammin" is a staple in reggae music. In this whiteboard request lesson, Aldrine teaches you the chords and strumming pattern for "Jammin". The chords switches and strumming pattern interlace with each other to create that easily recognized sound, and Aldrine shows you exactly when those changes happen. He also demonstrates how adding left hand mutes can bring some extra bounce and character to the song. This is such a laid back song that's literally about jamming, so feel free to make it your own, and of course have fun with it during your next jam session.

Download the Whiteboard (pdf)
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Watch Aldrine play "Jammin" in a previous Aloha Friday Jam

Strumming in Musical Notation:

Techniques Used in Lesson:


  1. Are there three or 4 strumming patterns to this song? In the tutorial you seem to show different patterns for the F#m following the G after the dudu udu section.

    sometimes its:
    G d d d du F#m u u udu @8:30
    and other other times
    G d d d du F#m udu @9:30

    1. Hey Roam,

      Good catch! Both strumming patterns are basically the same, the second pattern is just adding a down strum between the two up strums from the first. As long as you keep the beat, it should line up and be pretty much the same. Aldrine may have just added an extra down strum by accident. You can play around with it, and see which way you prefer.

      -Kira (UU Staff)

      1. Thanks so at the 9:30 mark Aldrine is playing G d d d du F#m udu udu .

        BTW, where’s the play along. Chief Wiggum would have a play along. That’s all I’m saying.

        1. Hey Roam,

          What can I say, we’re just not on Chief Wiggum’s level. D’oh! Actually our Whiteboard Requests are to serve as quick casual lessons for songs that people want to learn, but Aldrine does play Jammin on our Aloha Friday Jams, you can play along with him HERE.

          -Kira (UU Staff)

    1. Hey Val!

      Just added a tab of the strumming below the video. Keep in mind that in tabs, arrows that look like this ↑ indicate DOWN strums (because of the way the strings are oriented on the tablature) and arrows that look like this ↓ indicate UP strums. This is only in the tab, everywhere else on the site, down is down and up is up 🙂

      -Aaron (& the UU Staff)

  2. Love the reggae. Nice lesson as usual. Just wish I could sing and play. trips me up every time!

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