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antihero22
02-23-2010, 12:40 AM
apoligies if this post is in the wrong area, but can anyone recommend some easy ska tabs to start with, I'm not new to playing guitar, but I am new to playing ska, preferably 2nd or 3rd wave ska tabs I'm not to fond of 1st wave ska and I find myself practicing more if I actually like the song I'm trying to learn. Thank you.

the_wassel
02-23-2010, 12:49 AM
unity- operation ivy
a message to you rudy- the specials

those are my top two

BK202
02-23-2010, 12:55 AM
Unity would be my first choice.

The first ska song I learned was Super Rad by The Aqaubats.

the_wassel
02-23-2010, 12:56 AM
i have witnessed a rare occasion!

BK202
02-23-2010, 01:09 AM
i have witnessed a rare occasion!
You have. And now that I have given my being an ex-ska saxophone player wisdom, I will flee into the Screamo thread! :p:

antihero22
02-23-2010, 01:11 AM
much appreciated.

skatinpunk
02-23-2010, 02:18 PM
gang control by leftover crack has an easy main riff.
take warning-op ivy

BrianApocalypse
02-23-2010, 02:53 PM
Back when I played in a group called the Trash Kittens, we once did a cover of "a message to you Rudy" by the Specials.

That was basically the singer doing the upstroke chords and oohs, the bassist doing the root notes, and me doing the melody part on the guitar and lead vocals.

It was good, because the apathetic bluesmen had to clap to avoid looking racist.

I think that Desmond Dekker's "The Israelites" is fairly easy to play as well (3 chords and a riff). I used to sing that with a band at an open mike night as well.

werty22
02-23-2010, 03:58 PM
They're all easy.

neidnarb11890
02-23-2010, 04:58 PM
They're all easy.
I was going to say this, but I figured some whiny ska kids would start giving me shit if I did. You know how they get!

Vodka.Punk
02-23-2010, 05:18 PM
They're all easy.

Bite your tongue.

neidnarb11890
02-23-2010, 05:19 PM
See?!

Vodka.Punk
02-23-2010, 05:37 PM
Don't start with me neidnarb.

Greenfinger182
02-23-2010, 07:15 PM
Back when I played in a group called the Trash Kittens, we once did a cover of "a message to you Rudy" by the Specials.

That was basically the singer doing the upstroke chords and oohs, the bassist doing the root notes, and me doing the melody part on the guitar and lead vocals.

It was good, because the apathetic bluesmen had to clap to avoid looking racist.

I think that Desmond Dekker's "The Israelites" is fairly easy to play as well (3 chords and a riff). I used to sing that with a band at an open mike night as well.
Wait...the singer wasn't the lead vocalist?

the_wassel
02-23-2010, 07:53 PM
forum fight. kick his ass narb!

werty22
02-23-2010, 09:42 PM
I was going to say this, but I figured some whiny ska kids would start giving me shit if I did. You know how they get!
I'm prepared for that. It's a price I'm willing to pay to get my message out. The world needs to know.

SKAtastic7770
02-23-2010, 11:02 PM
I was going to say this, but I figured some whiny ska kids would start giving me shit if I did. You know how they get!
OMFG SKA IS LIEK THE MOST TECHNICAL GENRE OF MUSIC OUT THERE!

xUptoNoGoodx
02-24-2010, 12:14 AM
Just play the chord progression: A to D to E back to D, and you basically learned half of every ska song in existance.

xUptoNoGoodx
02-24-2010, 12:16 AM
Holy shit, the "second" coming of VodkaPunk?

Vodka.Punk
02-24-2010, 04:33 AM
Ssssssshhhhhhhhh.

Ska is NOT an easy genre. 95% of the guitarist I have heard attempting ska are awful at it.

werty22
02-24-2010, 04:02 PM
:shrug:

95% of the guitarists I've heard attempting anything are awful at it.

It all has basically the same strumming pattern, so none of it is really harder than the rest (unless the tempo is really fast). So once you get the hang of it, you can play it all.

KevVin
03-03-2010, 07:22 PM
Alot of them are easy, try some RBF aswell. Some of the funkier ska riffs are works of sheer genius, but off-beats can only be taken so far. :|

jakesmellspoo
03-07-2010, 07:43 PM
i've always had difficulty with streetlight & catch 22 songs. i don't know what it is, either the speed or the strum pattern. i think someone mentioned once before that tom does use some kind of weird strum pattern sometimes...

SumFX
03-18-2010, 06:54 PM
lol you should hear this "metal" guy on my music course, he simply cant skank or play funk its ****in funny, so don't say Ska/Reggae is easy.
A Message To You Rudy, Stupid Marriage - The Specials
Ranking Full Stop - The Beat
Monkey Man - Toots/The Specials,RBF (There all good)
Yellin In My Ear - Operation Ivy
Three Little Birds, Stir It Up - Bob Marley
War Sucks Lets Party - Anti Flag
S.R - Reel Big Fish (very easy)

hope thats helpfull

skatinpunk
03-18-2010, 08:50 PM
lol you should hear this "metal" guy on my music course, he simply cant skank or play funk its ****in funny, so don't say Ska/Reggae is easy.
A Message To You Rudy, Stupid Marriage - The Specials
Ranking Full Stop - The Beat
Monkey Man - Toots/The Specials,RBF (There all good)
Yellin In My Ear - Operation Ivy
Three Little Birds, Stir It Up - Bob Marley
War Sucks Lets Party - Anti Flag
S.R - Reel Big Fish (very easy)

hope thats helpfull
yeah, damn metal heads do not know much about chords past barre/power chords

werty22
03-18-2010, 08:54 PM
Ska rarely uses chords "past" barre chords.

SubAtomicRage
04-03-2010, 02:45 PM
Did you guys really just have a forum fight? Wow! Nerds into punk rock, how exciting.

Gnomefry
04-03-2010, 03:08 PM
Try stuff by the Specials, Skatalites, Toots & the Maytals, The Beat, The Selecter, and Madness.
Message to You Rudy- the Specials,
Little Bitch- the Specials