SG101 on the Web

Follow SurfGuitar101 on Twitter

Photo of the Day
Shoutbox

Clarry: I finally found my girlfriend's G-spot. Her sister had it all along.
15 days ago

Clarry: My wife has told me to stop imitating flamingos. I've had to put my foot down.
15 days ago

DonKiyote: Fight fire with fire I say. Although that may be why I lost my job as a fireman.
15 days ago

DonKiyote: Just come back from a once in a lifetime holiday. Never again.
15 days ago

Clarry: My friend asked me why I was sitting in his wardrobe. Narnia business, I told him.
12 days ago

DonKiyote: Had to sack my guitar tech. Just wasn't truss worthy.
11 days ago

DonKiyote: Whoever invented the door knocker deserves the no bell prize
11 days ago

Clarry: I see trees of green, Skies of Blue, Clouds of White, And I think to myself, Windows default wallpaper
8 days ago

TheAmpFibian: I came home a found nearly a thousand flies in our house..my wife called the swat team.
4 days ago

DonKiyote: When I was a student I had a summer job as a street cleaner. No training - had to pick it up as I went along.
2 days ago

Please login or register to shout.

Current Polls

No polls at this time. Check out our past polls.

Current Contests

No contests at this time. Check out our past contests.

Donations

Help us meet our monthly goal:

11%

11%

Donate Now

SG101 Turns 10 Years Old!

SurfGuitar101 Forums » Surf Musician »

Permalink Solos in Instro Surf

New Topic
Goto Page: Previous 1 2 3 4 5

I never used to in other kinds of bands, but in surf I like playing solos. I get my 8 bars or 12 bars or whatever and it is a challenge to do more with less. We cover a Mancini tune lately that has me going in weird directions that I always look forward to. The songs really calls for the solo to start off in E but I invariably wind up going to G something-or-other then to variations on the extended C6 chord form; I usually almost lose the whole f-ing thing, but then somehow find my way back home. It is a scary ride. Love that feeling. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the tune has the rhythm section playing a really fast, jazzy Manciniesque chromatic two-bar melody of E-B-E(octave)-Eb-D-C#-C-B. The tune has a built-in trainwreck factor so all bets are off with this vamp. It is our only truly (intentionally) dissonant number, and I think it works pretty much.

That said, nothing better then a tasteful solo using the minor pentatonic scales. I like to do it the old-fashioned way. Do it right (stay away from the fast arpeggios, bending up minor thirds, and half-octave dive bombs) and you've got a real early-'60s vibe happening instantly. Lately, I like to play the minor pentatonic in keys other than the chord root. Over a minor chord, try a minor pentatonic that is a step or even a 5th above the root. Fun!

My Wee Band's Facebook Page

Last edited: May 06, 2011 21:07:43

That sounds like Jazz !!! Big Grin

Always thought the Insect Surfers played solos in their songs.

Like a lot of things, it's not what you do, it's the way that you do it

Freshwater Surfin'

The Murray Basin
Australia

Ornette... Different strokes I suppose. I used to go to the Fillmore and groove to hippie bands [instead of studying, I know]. One night my buddy wanted us to see Ornette [w/ his boy on drums]. I finally drifted off; just couldn't stay with it.

However, I probably sound a bit 'harmolodic' nowadays when I have to do Brown-Eyed Girl yet again.

Goto Page: Previous 1 2 3 4 5
Top