#1
Thinkin of broadening my horizons by learning some ska rhythms. Anybody any suggestions as to songs / resources? Ta.
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#2
I've only listened to ska-punk once (close enough?) so I don't much much about this, but I recall the bassline usually is very melodic and resembles a walking bassline, which plays on the beats (contrary to the guitar and other instruments, which play off-beat).

One example is here on the verse (0:43), remember it's ska-punk though The bassline here basically plays some arpeggios with passing notes. I hope this helps.
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#3
Sublime, awesome basslines!

Some Rancid songs are kind of Ska Punk - worth listening to the Out Come the Wolves.

Goldfinger are also worth checking out.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEYN5w4T_aM&ob=av2e

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CUbMi7pOZ8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udUCjJphE-0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHpU0ZfXZ_g&ob=av2n

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o80MGl2kpY4&ob=av3n
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#5
anything streetlight manifesto really is great ska bass. the bassist uses a five string but most of the songs can be played on a four string and they are just great bass parts.

forty days is really good.
would you be impressed is also good.
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Thanks for the recommendations. Out Come The Wolves is actually one of my favourite albums ans one of the reasons I want to look into this!
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#7
Eric Wilson of Sublime is a god, get a good pair of speakers or headphones and blast the Sublime all night all CD's

Ska/reggae/rock steady etc to me is kind of a mix of rock and Latin/Afro-Caribbean music. Ska-punk takes it farther into the rock realm where it's almost hard to define, take sublime, a lot of their songs are more rock and punk, with a little ska thrown in.

the guitar does play on the off beat muted on upstrokes (stereotypically)

the bass is really king in this genre playing off the guitar and dancing with the drums. Of course punk and rock brings it back into kind of just a different flavor of rock and punk
#8
Streetlight Manifesto, Reel Big Fish, and Less Than Jake are a good place to start for some ska-punk. I'd also recommend checking out The Specials, The Toasters, and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.
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Streetlight Manifesto, Reel Big Fish, and Less Than Jake are a good place to start for some ska-punk. I'd also recommend checking out The Specials, The Toasters, and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.

good suggestions, but add Goldfinger, Buck-O-Nine and Suicide Machines to that list also
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#12
Rhythm is an absolute must in ska. I'd suggest making sure you practice up getting good and tight with the drums, since most ska lines don't really follow the guitar, but rather provide the groove behind the upstroke of the guitar.

As far as how to construct lines, I'll agree with Astralcat and suggest major arpeggios. It also never hurts to know the major scale, since it is very common with ska lines due to its "happy, upbeat" feel.
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Streetlight Manifesto, Reel Big Fish, and Less Than Jake are a good place to start for some ska-punk. I'd also recommend checking out The Specials, The Toasters, and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.


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A good place to start is to make a walking bass line out of arpeggios from the guitar chords and then start adding rhythm.


This.

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I cant belive I forgot Fish Bone in my post

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Concentrate on older stuff then move onto more punk stuff like Streetlight Manifesto. The basslines have stayed the same but the speed has quadrupled, it seems.
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Streetlight Manifesto, Reel Big Fish, and Less Than Jake are a good place to start for some ska-punk. I'd also recommend checking out The Specials, The Toasters, and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.


God dammit. Came in here to post the first 3.
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