#1
How do you play ska music. I know it is walking lines but what tone should I aim for? I listen to The Toasters, Reel Big Fish and some Two Tone stuff but is the anywhere else I could listen to some bass heavy ska?
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#2
I don't know about listening to newer ska, but older ska is supposed to sound like an upright (to hear that ska style, listen to some Skatalites or ska era Marley). to copy that on a bass, you usually will do palm-muted walking bass lines, preferably with some flatwounds, but they aren't neccessary.
Hope that helps.
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#3
Take a listen to some of the "first wave" bands; people often overlook them, but there is some awesome music there. Start with the Skatalites, the gaggle of bands produced by Prince Buster and my favourite, Desmond Dekker. I love Desmond Dekker--he has a great catalogue beyond his most well known hit "The Israelites" that are great to play on bass.
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Take a listen to some of the "first wave" bands; people often overlook them, but there is some awesome music there. Start with the Skatalites, the gaggle of bands produced by Prince Buster and my favourite, Desmond Dekker. I love Desmond Dekker--he has a great catalogue beyond his most well known hit "The Israelites" that are great to play on bass.

Desmond Dekker is a legend .

TS, I've found that generally, new ska bassists have quite bright and cutting tones but any tone will work, it's all about what you think sounds right.
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Start with the Skatalites
Yes - they are amazing. I'm not much of a Ska fan but I do love the first wave stuff.
#6
Yea I do listen to like the Skatalites (didn't one of them make The Toasters?) and I'll YouTube Desmond Dekker. Thanks!
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#7
in my limited ska experience, I've always shot for a p-bass sound.
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#8
Walking Bass - big part of ska sound
Palm muted electric or upright for early ska period noise
for the 3rd wave stuff any tone will work as long as it isn't to muddy
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Bands to look at:
Streetlight Manifesto
Less Than Jake
Reel Big Fish
Catch 22
Specials
Mighty Mighty Boss Tones
Spunge
Suburban Legends
Suicide Machines
Voodo Glow Skulls
Goldfinger
Twelve-19