#1
I could be completely wrong about this genre, but is it just me or do they use a lot of up beats? when ever I try and play anything near ska it sounds like crap and... not like ska. Any help or easy songs to practice this on?

at first I thought up beat then palm mute or something but doesnt sound right

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#2
Yep ska is all about upbeats. I know nothing about Spider 3s but I'm thinking clean, highish treble. Instead of palm mutes, lift up your barring finger after you strum. If you aren't playing barre chords, UR DOIN IT RONG
#3
low bass + high treble + slight distortion + barre chords played on the 2 & 4 beats= basic ska sound.
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#4
yeah up beats and mute and lift your finger on the down beat try it slow at first and then gradually build it up if it sems to hard to do.
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#5
Did not know it was barre chords.

Whats a simple ska song that I can try this out on?

btw any tones anyone?
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#6
I play in a ska band, and it's easy once you get the hang of it. If you're having trouble with the up beats, tap your foot to the beat and strum up when you lift your foot up. It's also a quick, punchy, treble sound. Right after you strum, stop pressing the strings down, but leave your fingers on them.

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#7
Yea all those quick ska chords are always barre chords, upstroked, you really only let the highest three strings of the chord to sound. a good song for this would be Santeria.
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Did not know it was barre chords.

Whats a simple ska song that I can try this out on?

btw any tones anyone?


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less than jake would be a good one to start with, the specials, the beat or the english beat any of those would be good to start with try learning some of their songs and keep at it
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#11
Up beat = to ska as palm mutes is to metal.

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#12
Well it all depends you mentioned catch 22 Tomas Kanolky doesn't follow the traditional ska rhythm in his songs. He mostly uses a mixture of speedy up and down strums mixed with mutes to create the sound hear the song "keasbey nights" to see what I mean. The other advice people have given you is pretty much traditional ska..