modern ska

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by xpcapox, Aug 13, 2005.

  1. xpcapox


    Nov 19, 2004
    I play in a ska band but have a horrible time comming up with new stuff, playing the root and playing the same basic 1-3-5 arpegion of the chord gets boring.any help on this?
    we play mas modern ska, i.e. street light manifest,catch 22,lass than jake etc etc
  2. moneen


    Mar 16, 2005
    +learn scales. then you can just improv and stuff.

    +play notes and octave higher or lower, depending on the note.

    um yeah. i play a lot of ska too.
    check out five iron frenzy. they rock.
  3. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Tired of playing I-III-V? Stop! That's all you have to do. Try other ideas like I-VII-VI-V, I-VI-V-III, I-II-III-V, anything to break it up. And try just pounding the root note now and then. And listen to "Israelites" and "King Of Ska" by Desmond Dekker. They're like the first two big ska songs from the 60's. Whoever played bass on those songs was really original, and they're 40 years old. Blows away most of those LA punk ska bassists ;)
  4. xpcapox


    Nov 19, 2004
    when it comes to christain ska i stick to the insyderz,

    thanks for all the help.