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Permalink Fingerstyle! Walk Don't Run.

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Is fingerstyle more energetic than flatpicked? I think it can be, and I tried to make it so here. What do you think?

(Under-saddle piezo pickup used here).

The Insanitizers!

Last edited: Apr 09, 2018 11:01:41

Nice work!

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Thanks much! I am grateful to everyone who comments, yes I am.

Previously I used picks. I had to glue plastic fingernails onto my index and middle fingers to play this.

The Insanitizers!

Those crafty fingers really moved the song along with some oomph! I enjoyed watching you play. Does your rendition stand up well without the backing track.

Obvious visible enthusiasm met my solo performance of Walk Don't Run for an audience of a couple hundred at an outdoor concert, with vigorous applause. As just one old guy with a guitar, I did not expect much and I was surprised.

The Ventures' Walk Don't Run was as much drums as guitar, so I consider a complete portrayal to include at least drums and bass.

Here is a link to the other twang fingerstyle guitar video I recorded, a version of California Dreamin' I rewrote to add tension and drama. I will make a separate forum post about it:

The Insanitizers!

Last edited: Apr 10, 2018 15:17:22

Totally enjoyed watching and listening. Nice work.

Happy Sunsets!

Very well done!

Guitar player for the Driptones surf band.

Hey Squid you’re right I super dig this also! So many more notes in there, it almost sounds like a different song. Gluing fingernail on?! That’s commitment. Dang!

Do you play classical guitar? I’ve always fantasizes about growing out my nails and learning flamenco and classical guitar, nylon string style. I bet if I ever did I would be able to SHRED on surf guitar. (Which I already do haha!)

Last edited: Apr 14, 2018 23:50:49

DTide, I enjoyed your post, thanks!

I developed my fingerstyle approach for twang-rock instrumentals. Although I read guitar sheet music (G-clef) I study classical guitar pieces only to rearrange into rock instrumentals. Here is a link to my fingerstyle version of Pachelbel's Canon ("Spring Ceremonial"):
(The final version is on the "Flying Guitars" album. You can hear it on Spotify or )

The Insanitizers!

Last edited: Apr 15, 2018 11:48:08

Very nice!

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