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Permalink Dark Eyes Twist cover: a 60 year old song (actually over 100 yrs) which still sounds so cool after all these years!

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Here we present to you a 60 year old song that still sounds terrific: Dark Eyes Twist (cover). Mina and dad fall crazily enough with the song and have so much fun playing it. Can't wait to have the chance to jam together with the rest of The Cotton Kids on stage soon! Hope you like this song!

Want some non-stop surf rock to go well with your day and put a smile on your face? Check out other surf tunes below is a playlist Mina has prepared for you.

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg37xYAoB-eVROkAKL7oboYcoLAWQxlrU

cheers!

Last edited: Sep 05, 2021 10:33:25

Fantastic!

Matt "tha Kat" Lentz
Skippy and the Skipjacks: 2018-
Skippyandtheskipjacks.net
https://www.facebook.com/skippyandtheskipjacks
Otto and the Ottomans: 2014-2015
The Coconauts surf band: 2009-2014
www.theamazingcoconauts.com
Group Captain and the Mandrakes 2013
http://www.gcmband.com/
The Surfside IV: 2002-2005, 2008-2009
the Del-Vamps: 1992-1999, 2006-2007
http://www.dblcrown.com/delvamps.html

Sounds great!

MooreLoud.com - A tribute to Dick Dale.

The song Dark Eyes is a Russian folk song much older than 60 years. Covers of it have been recorded in many different styles. Calling it Dark Eyes (in specific) references the public domain version so avoids copyright concerns.

Insanitizers! http://www.insanitizers.com

Being a Czech with Slovak blood too, anything Russian/Slovak or Bohemia seems to sound very "at home". The Eastern Euro/Russian influence on surf is evident in a lot of tunes.

Nice song and playing!

Surfcat

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Surf, the most dangerous of all musical genres...

Awesome playing as usual! Brilliant song, so perfect for the surf thing. I didn’t really hear reverb? The clean strat sounds great. Not really a fan of the fx tho.

Daniel Deathtide

So, really old tune eh? Thanks for the info!!!

Not much reverb...basically the same setting for Walk Don't Run... ;)

ArtS wrote:

Being a Czech with Slovak blood too, anything Russian/Slovak or Bohemia seems to sound very "at home". The Eastern Euro/Russian influence on surf is evident in a lot of tunes.

Nice song and playing!

Very true! We also feel that quite a few Eastern Euro/Russian folk songs/ traditional music pieces sound really nice in surf version. A lot of these songs we have heard from different place, yet we do not know their names.

DeathTide wrote:

Awesome playing as usual! Brilliant song, so perfect for the surf thing. I didn’t really hear reverb? The clean strat sounds great. Not really a fan of the fx tho.

Reverb for sure, but not dailed up all the way to create that splashy sound with the lead guitar these days. But will try to add more and see how it sounds. Some reverb still of course, but not a whole lot of drive/gain for sure... Wink cheers!

Hey I have a question about all these cool videos: How does the guitar selection work? Does Mina learn each song on the guitar she ends up playing in the videos, or could she pick up any guitar and rip through any tune?

I ask because I only have three guitars, a jag, JM, and a strat. At this point anything but the jag feels weird. I believe I am limited by this. Once at a party a pal handed me his nice Gretsch and it was as if I'd never picked up a guitar in my life. I could not play it at all, at ALL. Hilarious yes, but it greatly increased my respect for those who plays different guitars well. Your daughter seems to ace those songs on so many different guitars, it's cool.

Dan

PangPang wrote:

DeathTide wrote:

Awesome playing as usual! Brilliant song, so perfect for the surf thing. I didn’t really hear reverb? The clean strat sounds great. Not really a fan of the fx tho.

Reverb for sure, but not dailed up all the way to create that splashy sound with the lead guitar these days. But will try to add more and see how it sounds. Some reverb still of course, but not a whole lot of drive/gain for sure... Wink cheers!

Daniel Deathtide

Hey Dan, she gets to choose whatever guitar she feels like using for a particular song ofc. Sometimes she pays tribute to the original guitarist, say, Nokie Edwards used a Tele to play a particular song on stage once, so she would use a tele for the video shoot.

Then she has this thing about using a guitar she has never used (like at a studio, a band room or a guitar store), and she keeps telling me how a brand new guitar (well, perhaps a new type but not necessarily brand new) would give her an extra boost to play really well and feel hot. I didn't believe her as it didn't seem to make sense but after a few times, I had to agree with her. But most of these special or new guitars she was able to try, like a John Mayor Fender Strat, or a single cut PRS, or a custom shop Ibanez shredder type of metal guitar, all of them were properly setup, with the right action and string gauges she'd be comfortable with. She used a Squier Strat with 0.11 and NOT low action to do most of the practice when she was 7, so imagine picking up a guitar with 0.09 and super low action and a thin neck...then she could fly. I am not surprised that u felt you couldn't play that Gretsch that one time, as the string sizes and action might not be prepared in a way you were accustomed to playing so don't feel too bad. I think it's normal and that's why I thought what Mina told me didn't make much sense as it should be the opposite. With the guitars we use, they are all setup according to how Mina wishes them to be setup. Our luthier is really cool and takes good care of our guitars. We pay around USD30 each time a guitar needs to be setup. I find that we feel okay playing with different guitars because they are all setup well. I think it makes a whole lot of difference. Consider how many guitars we have, 30 bucks is quite a lot, but it is needed from time to time, or else playability of the guitars would decrease, and it's no fun playing...u know what I meant

Then in terms of what guitar to use for the videos tone wise, I must say, to our ears, with the use a certain pedals or a multi-effects unit, I think any guitar could produce pretty much the same sound we want to, regardless of what pickups the guitar has. Except the Jaguar i'd say....so it really depends which guitar she feels like using. For gigs, we do bring more than enough guitars as spares, as it wouldn't be right to play metal songs with a casino, or surf tunes with a metal shredding machine. Then drop E guitars if we have to sing, then drop D guitars for some metal songs we play, then surf guitars for being aesthetic... recently, we play lots of Japanese pop with our new long legged drummer and we have been trying to stick with the original band sound so we need humble buckers she said for the lead. I play the rhythm guitar and it doesn't make much of a difference for me. ;p

DeathTide wrote:

Hey I have a question about all these cool videos: How does the guitar selection work? Does Mina learn each song on the guitar she ends up playing in the videos, or could she pick up any guitar and rip through any tune?

I ask because I only have three guitars, a jag, JM, and a strat. At this point anything but the jag feels weird. I believe I am limited by this. Once at a party a pal handed me his nice Gretsch and it was as if I'd never picked up a guitar in my life. I could not play it at all, at ALL. Hilarious yes, but it greatly increased my respect for those who plays different guitars well. Your daughter seems to ace those songs on so many different guitars, it's cool.

Dan

PangPang wrote:

DeathTide wrote:

Awesome playing as usual! Brilliant song, so perfect for the surf thing. I didn’t really hear reverb? The clean strat sounds great. Not really a fan of the fx tho.

Reverb for sure, but not dailed up all the way to create that splashy sound with the lead guitar these days. But will try to add more and see how it sounds. Some reverb still of course, but not a whole lot of drive/gain for sure... Wink cheers!

Last edited: Sep 07, 2021 12:26:20

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