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Man, this thread is going to keep me really busy and cost me a lot on iTunes.

Great topic, lots of good info.

Any good online lesson resources?

There are a couple of really good YouTube surf guitar instructors that I've come across, Bruce Linquist and Jason Lee, any others? Thanks

TenSeven wrote:

There are a couple of really good YouTube surf guitar instructors that I've come across, Bruce Linquist and Jason Lee, any others? Thanks

That's a good question; in terms of regular net videos available you might be right. Often what I've done for a particular song is try to explore what's going on in the song overall. Then once in a great while I'll use a tab (if available) to get an idea of where someone played it on the neck if I'm listening for a particular tonal thing. The other is that sometimes the tab (if the composer's) will reveal where they played it because it might make more sense mechanically in a performance. But I seldom use tabs.

In the absence of any of that I'll try to find a video of it and just nug it out. I play by ear so it's a continuous learning thing; and I've found that more learning that 'sticks' occurs when I just nug something out. Sometimes the video or a tab will produce an "a-haa" moment but those only work for me by nugging the piece out, note by note, working toward more fluidity over time. We all take in & process info differently so it's also a matter of simply what works for one may not work for another. I'm sure my approach is on the slow-end of the curve.
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DISCLAIMER: The above is opinion/suggestion only & should not be used for mission planning/navigation, tweaking of instruments, beverage selection, or wardrobe choices.

TenSeven wrote:

Great topic, lots of good info.

Any good online lesson resources?

I very strongly recommend you consider taking advantage of this: https://surfguitar101.com/forums/topic/24987/

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I used some of the recommendations here for my Christmas "wish list". Nice to have this list to chose from.

Feel free to buy everything from The Kilaueas:

https://itunes.apple.com/de/artist/the-kilaueas/45099898

Twang cheers!

Ralf Kilauea

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https://kilaueas.bandcamp.com/album/touch-my-alien

As far as online teachers go...there is a guy in the UK who specializes in Hank Marvin tunes, which aren't purely surf but "Apache" is something everyone loves. He has some pretty basic lessons where he shows you the song note by note. His name is Ken Mercer and you can find him on YouTube. I'm learning Hank's version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and at the moment I can see the bones in my fingertips because I have already worn off the previously thick calluses I had. If I don't pass out from the loss of blood I think I might get to where I can at least put my fingers on the notes.

Jagshark wrote:

This is also a good compilation of first wave bands (on Rhino Records) though you may already know many of these songs and bans.

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I love this CD and know every song on lead. Lot's of killer tracks on here. I know all the songs on Legends of the Surf Guitar CD's Volume I, II, III and IV. Love these CD's

doclegume wrote:

I'm trying to remember "my first time" ....
oh, yes !!!

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Hang Ten ….most excellent CD's , Hey man, The Belairs a.k.a. Paul, (Mr Moto) Johnson and Eddie (The Showman) Bertrand.

Checkout the Riff on the song Bullwinkle part I and II

It's in D Classic surf tune (Starts on D on the A string) The rest is easy to figure out. The Surf Teens had a really good version of the song as well (Surf Mania album. It cost 88 cents in December of 1963 right before the Beatles showed up.) Love the Surf Teens

Actually, that's only partially correct: The Centurions tuned their guitars down to D. For some first hand information see here:
https://surfguitar101.com/forums/post/301626/

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Do The Cramps count? I feel they surely do Cool
Great, great band!

The cramps certainly do have a surfy thread going through their music

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The Cowabunga 4 CD box set is a good starter, if you can find it on Ebay. Satan's Pilgrims is another great band to check out (one of my personal favorites). So many to recommend, but here are some favorites I would recommend:
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Todd Buranen

In the unlikely case that this thread didn't give you enough inspiration: I've got a fine playlist on Spotify: Surf Music Is Not Dead. At this very moment the list contains 649 old and new surf songs (all very instrumental).

surf_music_is_not_dead wrote:

In the unlikely case that this thread didn't give you enough inspiration: I've got a fine playlist on Spotify: Surf Music Is Not Dead. At this very moment the list contains 649 old and new surf songs (all very instrumental).

Just added your playlist...awesome work!

Gellert (my first name)

Guitarist for The Fintastics

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