Ska Guitar Lessons Book


The Complete Guide to Playing in the Styles of the Skatalites, Specials, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Sublime, and More!

First off, IMHO, this book can be pretty helpful to more than just the “ska pickers” out there; it's a pretty serious triad-based rhythm guitar study, regardless of the style you prefer. I actually use bits and bobs from it to teach certain types of “chord voicing” stuff to my students all the time.

For the curious, I broke this book up into three sections:

  • Part I: '60s Ska in Jamaica
  • Part II: Late-'70s Ska in England
  • Part III: Southern California Ska and Ska-Core

The bulk of the first two chapters deals exclusively with triads/scales in the key of C, or modally-related keys, so you're constantly building upon what you know. By the end of the book, you'll have blasted your way through everything from basic barre chord shapes, to triads and their inversions, learned how to apply melodic embellishments to triad shapes, picked up some various pentatonic fingerings, read a basic discussion of effects, studied how to use different pentatonic scales to play through chord changes in solos, etc. Nifty noodle!

Oh yeah, I almost forgot! The CD that accompanies the book boasts 56 tracks (total play time is 38:43), all with full backing band (guitar, bass, and drums on all tracks; horn parts are used in the extended “song examples” at the end of each chapter).


Click a link below to hear snippets of the Book/CD's opening cut:


Click below to download a ska lesson excerpt from


Dale Turner: Ska Guitar Composed by Dale Turner. For guitar. Includes instructional book and examples CD. With standard guitar notation, guitar tablature, guitar chord diagrams and instructional text. Ska and instructional. 46 pages. 9x12 inches. Published by Hal Leonard. (HL.695297 )
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