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10cc is an English art rock band who achieved their greatest commercial success in the 1970s.Their hit ‘Dreadlock Holiday’ is a reggae song written by Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman from their 1978 album ‘Bloody Tourists’.

Among two other sources, the lyrics were apparently inspired by real events that happened to Eric Stewart and Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues when they went on holiday together in Barbados.

In this lesson we take a look at the acoustic version as performed by the band in more recent years. The song features a relatively easy progression in the key of Gm and is raised a half step to G#m in the third verse.

The good news is that the strumming is one set pattern throughout the whole song. The ‘bad’ news is that it must be played with barre chords only.

The trick for the latter is to minimize muscle tension in the body as much as possible. For that, a segment with a few pointers is included.