20 Punk Bands In One Song

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hi everybody! In this lesson I composed a medley covering the style of 20 fundamental punk rock bands in one song. Punk Rock is usually seen as a simple and easy style but this lesson will show how many elements, techniques and concepts can be applied to make Punk Rock sound creative and interesting.

    During the last 40 years, many bands have combined sounds and several influences to create different punk sub genres and vibes. In this medley I cover many of them, as for example: classic punk, pop punk, ska punk, hardcore punk, Celtic punk, emo punk, among many others.

    If you play guitar or love music, you surely can describe what is called "Punk Rock" but here is a show extract from wiki with the definition:

    "Punk rock (or simply punk) is a rock music genre that developed between 1974 and 1976 in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Rooted in garage rock and other forms of what is now known as protopunk music, punk rock bands eschewed perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock. Punk bands typically use short or fast-paced songs, with hard-edged melodies and singing styles, stripped-down instrumentation, and often political, anti-establishment lyrics."

    List of bands covered:

    NY Dolls
    The Stooges
    Bad Religion
    Sex Pistols
    The Clash
    The Offspring
    Dropkick Murphys
    Blink 182
    Dead Kennedys
    Rise Against
    Social Distortion
    Minor threat
    Green Day
    Die Toten Hosen
    Los Violadores (Argentina)

    Along this lesson I will explain which are the most used techniques, progressions, scales, tonalities and arranging concepts used in this style and which are the elements that has made each band unique. You'll find info theory and technique and lots of links to lessons covering each band or technique deeper. Let's get into punk rock!

    Tuning: I used standard 440 tuning.

    Tempo: Various tempos starting at 165 BPM

    I used LePou plugins to create the guitar tone but before my sound card (M-audio fast track pro) I connected my guitar directly to a Joyo Husky Drive pedal (used as as a preamp) to give shape and enhance the sound. These are free amp emulators that are extremely recommend. The head used for this guitar tone is Poulin HyBrit which is a Marshall Emulation.

    Click HERE to download the patch used.

    Ok guys - here we go!
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