antihero22
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#1
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.
BK202
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#5
Quote by the_wassel
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!
skatinpunk
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#7
gang control by leftover crack has an easy main riff.
take warning-op ivy
BrianApocalypse
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#8
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.
neidnarb11890
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#10
Quote by werty22
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!
Greenfinger182
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#14
Quote by BrianApocalypse
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?
They say the old woman's got the wisdom
'Cause she couldn't read the clock anymore
She said "The numbers don't represent the moments"
Says she don't see what all the ticking's for
werty22
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#16
Quote by neidnarb11890
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
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#17
Quote by neidnarb11890
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
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#18
Just play the chord progression: A to D to E back to D, and you basically learned half of every ska song in existance.
Vodka.Punk
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#20
Ssssssshhhhhhhhh.

Ska is NOT an easy genre. 95% of the guitarist I have heard attempting ska are awful at it.
werty22
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#21


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
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#22
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
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#23
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
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#24
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
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#25
Quote by SumFX
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
SubAtomicRage
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#27
Did you guys really just have a forum fight? Wow! Nerds into punk rock, how exciting.
Gnomefry
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#28
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
Last edited by Gnomefry at Apr 3, 2010,