Punk tunes to learn

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by SteveXFR, Jun 6, 2019.

  1. SteveXFR


    Jun 2, 2019
    I'm looking for tunes I can play along with as pretty much a complete beginner. I love punk but most of it is too fast for me to play along.
    Any suggestions for tracks to try?
    I'm also a big fan of FNM, BRMC, Mudhoney, QOTSA and Kyuss etc
  2. Bass4ThePublic

    Bass4ThePublic Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2019
    Kansas City
    Get some Ramones and Clash stuff under your belt. London Calling and Blitzkrieg Bop are some classics.
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  3. Malcolm35

    Malcolm35 Supporting Member

    As a complete beginner, I'd suggest you not rely upon tracks and go instead to sheet music. This then asks the question what are you planing to use for sheet music on the songs you want to play?

    Tab, standard notation, fake chord, lead sheets or Nashville numbers? Pick one and use that one, no need to be able to play from all of the above, as you get started.

    Tab, IMO is a waste of time if you are planing to play the complete song from tab. It's OK to use tab for a lick or a run, but, there is a better way if you want to play the complete song.

    Standard notation and lead sheets. For the melody identify the fly speck then find it on your bass' neck. For the bass line you still need to know what chord is active. Then play notes of that chord to the beat of the song. I know, which notes? The root, three, five, seven and eight. R-5-8-5 will fit into most bass lines. Finding the root is a piece of cake - the 5 is going to be, from the root up one string and over two frets - always.

    Fake chord - see the chord and then play the chords notes like described above. Fall into a groove with the drummer.

    Nashville numbers - same as fake chord, but, instead of note names, i.e. A, B, C's your sheet music will have been transposed into scale degree numbers, i.e. 1, 2, 3's. Use the major scale box and and play the numbers within the box.

    OK once you have decided what sheet music to use let Google find that sheet music and then play from that. These Google search words, will normally bring up some sheet music for you.

    Chords, name of the song
    Standard notation, name of the song
    Lead sheet, name of the song​

    Now that you have some sheet music ask Google to play the song and you follow along with your sheet music.

    Video, name of the song​

    Happy Trails
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2019
  4. SteveXFR


    Jun 2, 2019
    That sounds complicated!
    I can't read traditional sheet music I was taught it at school but GCSE music was far from inspirational when I was a teenage goth being taught baroque.
    I can read tabs and find it's working well for me to read the tab while listening to the song and then learn it a verse at a time.
    I managed to learn Police Truck by Dead Kennedys last night which was really satisfying to play along with. The speed of it did leave me with a sore pick hand!
  5. filmtex


    May 29, 2011
    While Dee Dee’s Ramone’s bass lines are pretty basic, learning a few of their tunes will get you going pretty quickly any ways. Start with Beat on the Brat, I Wanna Be Sedated, Blitzkrieg Bop etc. Use your ears at first then once you understand that most pop/rock/pink/r & b is based on pretty much the same combination of chords, you’ll begin to understand what I-IV-V, or 1-4-5, professions are all about. Wash, rinse, repeat. You’re on your way.
    The discussions about sheet music and chord charts and the Nashville number system can get pretty intense, and interesting for sure, and there’s lots of good advice. IMHO your ears will always be there and good ear training will certainly serve you well in just about any situation, but if you haven’t developed this, you will quickly find yourself in too deep more often than you like. Ymmv