Classic Punk: Sex Pistols

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hello punk rockers! This is the third lesson based on the Classic Punk Rock bands. In the previous ones I covered “The Clash” & “The Ramones”. In this one I will cover another of founders of punk rock, the famous band called “Sex Pistols”. They have been a very polemic band based on their punk attitude but also thanks to some great hits that made them one of the most influential punk rock bands.

    Music Style:
    Compared to the previous Classic bands covered, this one is the one that has a more punky attitude. They were noisy, dirty, sloppy, aggressive and these are some of the words that people say when you ask them to describe what the punk rock is. Their style is based on power chords, triads and some melodies and rocker licks.

    Tonality & Chord Progressions:
    The lessons starts in G Major tonality and then modulates in the last part, where I play some melodic ideas, to E Major. Some of the most used progressions by them are the famous “I – IV – V” and another one is “I – IV – III – II”. Sex Pistols songs were usually composed in Major tonalities.

    Once again the technique is simple in this one. We will use palm muting, alternate picking and strumming. These punk lessons are really good for beginners that want to play rock and need to practice rhythm and chord changes.

    I used my Pod X3 Live to record this lesson. 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 sounds are from the Hyper Canvas VST Instrument.

    I used standard 440.

    Well guys.. It's time for anarchy in the GMC!

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