#1
So me and my friend have decided we're gonna try and make a pirate rock band for kicks and see how it turns out. So do you guys here have any ideas for keys, styles, or scales/modes that would be good to play in for "pirate" music? Because i dont really know where to start, only pirate music ive heard recently is Captain Dan's stuff and thats rap so that doesnt help too much. Any help is much appreciated
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#2
^ like all music, most "pirate" type music is inherent to the instruments used and the inflections on the notes. i will say i notice a lot of major type movements in the music (some use minor type stuff, but its not quite as often) i haven't done a lot of research on "pirate" music (mainly cuz i don't sail the high seas looking for treasure) but i would just recommend getting music for traditional pirate type music such as "yo ho ho and a bottle of rum" and looking at how those were written. i believe they are in a very similar context to traditional irish music but with slightly different inflections (but don't quote me on this, its just something i noticed by listening)
#4
Listen to some Tom Waits and The Decemberists and maybe even some Flogging Molly.


+1 I was going to suggest Flogging Molly in fact. Yeah any type of upbeat song that wouldnt include an electric guitar would work. Just get a couple of chords and move fast between then.

Like 1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2 in a 4/4. Then just sing like a pirate! lol
#5
Go with celtic stuff, and get some celtic insturments, and do a rock cover of the Pirates of the Carribean theme. And don't forget the Dropkick Murphies and try to get deeper into punk.
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#6
Also the headbang part from Bohemian Rhapsody sounds kinda piratey, go look into that.
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#7
Listen to Running Wild, it's a German pirate metal band. They started out playing power metal with a satanic wibe, but after a while sorta drifted into the pirate stuff and have stuck with it since.
Seriously, they are pretty awesome, and very, very piratey.
#9
Pirate music like sea shanties? They're a capella...
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