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Permalink Recommended learning for newcomers to surf guitar

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Delrin -
Glad to hear you are enying being a member of our surf community!
You: I was thrown by the change of rhythm during the Cmaj section in your version. Me: It is all just "CRASH - BANG - BOOM!" to me! I believe you refer to the "swing-y-er" section of the version of WDR I covered. I think of a swingy "Pink Panther Theme" sound there. To me, a fun part of playing surf is the variation in tempos and styles for the same tune. My band also plays many surf tunes "Bongo-style" for our quieter cocktail-hour gigs. (find a "Habanera" beat bongo track and play the tunes you are learning to it for an interesting exercise!)
I did record drums-only tracks for "Lullaby of the Leaves" and "Exotique". Check them out - but no rush.
Baby steps!

*Dick B.
The Aquatudes

Last edited: Jan 11, 2018 18:04:19

Thanks, Dick!

Yes, I've only been a member for two weeks now, but somehow it seems like much longer - in a good way. I really look forward to logging-in and seeing what's happening every day. I have a friend here where I live who plays bass and who also likes surf music, and we're going to sit down together in February and try playing a few tunes together. But I only see him about once a week, and he's a surf novice as well. So being a part of this community and having the opportunity to tap into this amazing store of knowledge and experience has already improved my experience of learning to play surf guitar by 1000% - and that's no exaggeration. Just knowing that I'm not struggling away in my own little isolated surf guitar bubble has added a quality to my guitar practice that wasn't there before.

"WDR" - That's right, I mean the "swing-y-er" section. I like it and think it's a really nice variation, it's just that the first time I tried playing along with the track, I didn't realise it was coming. So there I was, just about managing to keep up with the faster tempo, and all of a sudden you go into this swing-like groove. What then happened to my fingers was a bit like several bike riders flying over their handlebars and landing in a heap! But now I'm used to it it's fine. Like I said, the main challenge for me at the moment is the tempo. But it's a great exercise, and when I do reach the point where I can play along comfortably, I'll know that my playing has moved up a few notches. And I'll definitely give your other drums-only backing tracks a whirl.

Hmmm...nobody mentioned Misirlou?

That's the starting point for surf guitar.

guitarist, The Mobsmen

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