Classic Punk: The Stooges

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Welcome to my new lesson covering Classic Punk bands.
    This time I will cover the style of the great band The Stooges, led by the legendary punk rocker Iggy Pop.

    "The Stooges, also known as Iggy and The Stooges, is an American rock band from Ann Arbor, Michigan, first active from 1967 to 1974, and later reformed in 2003. Although they sold few records in their original incarnation, and often performed for indifferent or hostile audiences, the Stooges are widely regarded as instrumental in the rise of punk rock, as well as influential to alternative rock, heavy metal and rock music at large." - Wikipedia

    Music Style:
    The Stooges are a punk rock band that has been one of the biggest influences for punk, garage, and indie rock artists. Their angry punk rock style combined with the energetic Iggy Pop performances made them a fundamental band in rock history. In this lesson I covered their rocker side inspired by songs like Raw Power, Search & Destroy and I wanna be your dog.

    Scales & Tonalities:
    This tune as many of their compositions has been composed using a minor tonality. The key is E minor and I used only power chords to create the different sections. The scale used for the classic rock solos is as you can imagine the most rocker scale ever: Minor Pentatonic

    Techniques:
    As you can see if you check the amazing documentary called “Punk Attitude”, there is nothing more important in Punk Rock than attitude and energy. It’s more important than technique, sound, and even tuning so you won’t find tricky stuff in this lesson. We will use only down-strokes, alternate picking strumming and palm muting for the rhythm sections, and also bending and vibrato in the rock licks.

    Sound:
    I used my POD HD500 to build a sound based on Brit amps and Fuzz pedal.
    I used Cubase to record audio and midi, SSD 3.5 for drums and Trillian for bass.

    Click HERE to download my POD HD500 Patch.

    Tuning:
    I used standard 440 tuning.

    Tempo:
    140 BPM

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