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I write in praise of Surf Guitar 101, and by extension, surf musicians everywhere.

I belong to some other interest groups I won't mention. During just the past several months, what as a parent I view as tantrums have exploded on many of them. Any statement someone disagrees with is immediately met with vituperative invective. Battle lines get drawn, opposing sides are joined, and the war of insults commences. There's not much actual discussion - just barrages of ridicule bombs.

My participation here is sadly minimal of late. I completely underestimated the time I would need to live the life I led before the move. It remains a work in progress.

But this just happened. I can share it here, knowing it will be appreciated for what it is, and that I won't get flamed for being too far off-topic. It has to do with instrumental music, after all. Big Grin

So three cheers for Surf Guitar 101, for Brian who created it and keeps it running, everyone who helps him, and all our members. You are all why it's my favorite place on the Internet.

Cheers Cheers Cheers

This is Noel. Reverb's at maximum an' I'm givin' 'er all she's got.

I'll second that! I've only been a member for a couple of weeks now, but I was a regular visitor for about two months before joining. This is the only internet forum of which I've ever been a member, and the absolute number one factor that made me want to join was the almost complete absence here of the usual petty, juvenile behaviour that Noel describes above. Thanks for sharing the story about your dad and the Pittsburgh Symphony, Noel.

I love the music but like others I come here because it's fun. And a bit of nostalgia as well because I do remember 1963 and buying Wipe Out as my first 45 rpm single.

This website is the most un up-tight website I have ever been a member of.
There has been a time or two way back when when somebody got excited about what another person said.
But it settled fast and peace insued.

Last edited: Jan 11, 2018 21:58:18

cool story noel

Cool Thanks for that.

SoCal ex-pat with a snow shovel

DISCLAIMER: The above is opinion/suggestion only & should not be used for mission planning/navigation, tweaking of instruments, beverage selection, or wardrobe choices.

I've heard many wonderful stories about your talented father through our conversations but this article and tribute helped even more to illuminate his career and your perspective.
Thank you for sharing this.


First of all, as to this site - SG101 is the first place I land on the net. I belong to other guitar oriented forums but don't find any of them as friendly and as relevant to what I read forums for as this one.

And as for Noel's article - what a cool thing it must have been to grow up in a household with exposure to music and musicians like he did. And like Noel, I personally didn't arrive at performing music until after my Dad had passed. If I have one regret regarding playing guitar it is that I didn't take it seriously while my parents were still alive. Neither my Mom or my Dad got to see me play on stage and I have no doubt that they would have been my biggest fans. (Maybe my only ones). Laughing Noel, while your music may be a different kind than your Dad's was, his spirit is in you.

This is a really wonderful forum. I joined a month or so ago after lurking for a while. It's the only forum I've ever been a member of. The focus is so specific and nerdy that no one comes here for anything other than to indulge that preoccupation. Anyone seeking less civil forms of anonymous web interaction can always wade back into the toxic cesspool that is Facebook.

I recall stumbling on this forum while looking for users of Quilter amps. My main surf music preoccupation, aside from my own guitar tone, was anticipating the new release from the Mermen (one of my all time favorite bands period, regardless of genera), already an active forum topic when I discovered Surfguitar101. Time spent exploring the forum resulted in rekindling my broader interest in surf guitar music. I was aware of other surf bands in a general kind of way but had no idea really great bands like The Madeira and The Tomorrowmen for example even existed.

That's my story. Thanks for widening my surf listening taste and for providing a great little space on the web.

PS My apologies to the guy in Colorado patiently seeking band mates. He may not have appreciated my weird earnest/absurd humor.

Cheers and welcome!

Danny Snyder

aka Mycroft Eloi of The TomorrowMen
aka Shecky Shekels of Meshugga Beach Party

Please check out our latest album FUTOURISM, it's a deluxe box set with original artwork from 10 artists and a bonus download sticker.

this place is so much friendlier than FB

Nice story. Smile

SG101 inspires me. There were little signs throughout my decades of playing that a mainstream pop approach to guitar was not scratching the itch and that I was missing out on something. Surf music has become such a major part of my guitar playing, creativity, and I feel that I am back on track with setting and achieving musical goals.
I was born in '70 so all my growing up and formative years in guitar were during the off-years for surf/instro. It's only been in the past 5-6 years that this world opened up to me.
Without this community, though, this would not have happened in remotely the same way...or maybe at all.

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Last edited: Jan 13, 2018 12:45:19

shake_n_stomp wrote:

Without this community, though, this would not have happened in remotely the same way...or maybe at all.

I'd concur with this sentiment, well said.
When I decided to revisit this music that I heard in my youth and attempt to create my own I had no idea Surf Guitar 101 existed.
When I found this forum I was struck at the kindness and community that existed and amazed at the expertise and advice.
I was fairly anti internet guitar forum minded at that point but this place was an oasis.
It's provided me with many wonderful, quality, real life friendships.
This community has sustained my pursuit when many of times I've come close to calling it quits.
I am thankful.


That is a nice story Noel

And that Brian, who runs this place, he's not a bad bloke is he !


Freshwater Surfin'

The Murray Basin

I will join this praise if you dont mind, Noel) this community is friendly and informative all the way you may wish. Always find the answers, good advice or just some interesting stuff to read, watch or listen.

Also some of you may remember that in my dark hours I asked for support and advice here and recieved unbelievably a lot of it, got new friends and a lot of inspiration.

Greatest online community ever!

Waikiki Makaki surf-rock band from Ukraine

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