Classic Punk: Ramones

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hello punk rockers! This is the second lesson based in the Classic Punk Rock bands. In the first one I covered “The Clash” and in this one I will cover the fantastic band called “The Ramones”. With some simple power chords and beautiful melodies they could create some of the cooler punk rock songs and they could also influences lots of bands from Motorhead, Metallica to Guns and Roses and Green Day.

    Music Style:
    Their style is simple and that’s what made them unique. I tried to illustrate some of their most used rhythms and progressions in this lesson. I have been a big fan of them so I have all their music in my head. This lesson is inspired by songs like Rock Roll high school, The KKK took my baby away, Blitzrieg Bop, and many more.

    Tonality & Chord Progressions:
    The composition is in G Major tonality. The progression is based in the famous I – IV – V, cadence and some variations of it. Most of their songs are composed in major tonalities and that’s why they usually have that "happy sound".

    We will use basically power chords in this lesson and you’ll find it very useful to practice rhythm guitar, palm muting and chord changes.

    Sound :
    I used my Pod X3 Live to record this lesson. Nowadays I notice that most of the Pop Punk bands are using Marshall JCM800 or JCM2000. That’s why I used a Marshall JCM800 emulator with a Marshall 4x12 cabinet. If you want the Line 6 Tone, you can ask for it in my personal board. My guitar is a Gibson Les Paul Studio. The drums and the bass sound are from the Hyper Canvas VST Instrument.

    I used standard 440.

    Ok guys - hey ho let’s go!

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