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Thanks for the nice review, Conrad! Yes, there's a bit of wit in there and a generous borrowing of some of Chet's trademarks - in particular that funny 13th chord he used a lot. -MT

"Hello Girls!"

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DannySnyder wrote:

Speaking of playing Solo, I've been asked lots of times to play solo - so low they didn't have to hear me Rimshot


synchro wrote:

Nokie wrote:

That's true, Synchro, surf tunes need more practice than many outsiders think. It's great to hear of another Chet fan here. It is unfortunate that you don't get the chance to play that style out much but if you have any youtube's of you playing that or that Johnny Smith WDR, I'd like t'see it!

I’m not really setup for video recording. The recording work we are doing for the band is keeping me hopping, not just in playing the tracks but by endless post-production tasks. Hopefully we will e d up with something I feel comfortable in releasing in the next few months, and then we have to hop through the legal hoops involved.

Looking forward to hearing that!

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Nokie, you seriously play amazing!

Guitar player for The Driptones surf band.

Fantastic arrangements and playing!
I'm having lunch today with a CGP to discuss finalization of details for his soon to be released signature Gretsch model.
Your playing and post has become my soundtrack for the day.
Thank you for sharing those performances.


Thanks Jeff! Wow, I understand there exist only a handful of CGP's. That's quite an honor that you are involved in the featured Gretsch model. I look forward to seeing the result!

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Thanks SixStringSurfer! I just gave your driptone sample a listen - talk about some great over-the-top drip!! -MT

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Nokie- Man, those sound great! I've been messing around with some Chet style (well, probably more Merle TBH) arrangements. Do you have a whole solo set? I find that those arrangements are so much work to get going and they end up being 2 minutes long!

Matt Heaton & the Electric Heaters
"Dick Dale meets Dennis Lehane"

I haven't played solo in years but now I have a 2 hour solo gig on Monday, the employee party for Ventiki, Ventura's only Tiki Bar and the place Surfer Joe played a couple of years ago. They wanted Point Doom but we split years ago so it's just me and my rhythm machine playing bass and drums. They have to close the bar and Monday is their slowest day. A weird time for a party, rum drinks in the middle of the day.

matt wrote:

Nokie- Man, those sound great! I've been messing around with some Chet style (well, probably more Merle TBH) arrangements. Do you have a whole solo set? I find that those arrangements are so much work to get going and they end up being 2 minutes long!

Thanks Matt. I have worked up complete sets of solo guitar and have performed at a few places. It does indeed take a lot of prep in coming up with the arrangements and then perfecting them. I haven't done an entirely surf solo set but I always include quite a few. Here's another couple of 'em - The first is my Chet style arrangement of Telstar and the second is Nut Rocker which I usually play on regular electric but the one below was a fun variation. -Marty

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Great surf Marty! Astounding.

Hey Storm, there is absolutely nothing wrong with drinking rum in the middle of the day..... It's not just for breakfast anymore.

Eddie, IPA dude

Traditional........speak softly and play through a big blonde amp. Did I mention that I sill like big blonde amps?

Those are some brilliant arrangements and wonderful playing.
Thanks for making me want to practice more,
A LOT more!


Thanks Jeff, your playing with the Ace's has been inspirational to me as well!

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Thank you Marty.
That's very kind and much appreciated.

If you have more arrangements you'd like to post I'm sure many of us would really dig it.


I'm at the bottom of the barrel trying to come up with ones I haven't already posted in other SG101 forums but here's Dueling Banjos - which everyone will agree is totally surf because that great surf band The Ventures covered it on an early '70's live album. This one ain't my arrangement at all - it's by Tommy Jones. Thanks for the nudge Jeff!

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