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I want to learn how do play surf/western style guitar, where do I start?

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  • #16
    The two are related. The most simple place to start is early Duane Eddy records. Then check out (even earlier but much tougher to master) Joe Maphis. If you can play like Joe and slow your left hand down then you can pretty much do Dick Dale. Happy record hunting.

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    • #17
      Kind of interesting the various ways people recommend to learn music:

      1) Buy gear
      2) Listen to cool players and play like them
      3) Learn music theory
      4) Just figure it out song by song
      5) Follow tabs
      etc.

      Probably depends on the OPs background, experience, and goals. Being something of an inept, theory-deficient beginner/intermediate, I personally find 1 and 5 the easiest, 3 and 4 difficult, and 2 just about impossible.
      Guitars:
      -Fender Wayne's World 2 Stratocaster w/Fat '50s pickups
      -Fender Blacktop Jaguar HH
      Amps:
      -Fender Champion 110 w/Lil' Buddy
      -Fender Princeton 112 Plus w/Red White and Blues
      -Crate Palomino V8
      Effects:
      -Way Huge Swollen Pickle Jumbo Fuzz
      -Pro Co You Dirty Rat Distortion
      -MXR Carbon Copy Delay

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        • #19
          Dick Dale & Hank Marvin. Other listening, Calexico's first three albums. Friends of Dean Martinez. The Astronauts.

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          • #20
            Get a Mosrite or similar (Eastwood Sidejack DLX, etc)
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            • #21
              Get a Mosrite or similar (Eastwood Sidejack DLX, etc)


              Shipping today:

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              • #22
                My buddy used heavy gauge flatwounds when he was in a surf band.

                Listen to a lot of Ventures, Surfaris, Dick Dale, Shadowy Men from a Shadowy Planet, & the best surf band of all time: MAN OR ASTRO-MAN?

                Learn how to tremolo pick like a madman.

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                • #23
                  Shipping today:



                  Nice. But why are the vibrato arm and the controls on the wrong side? :P
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                  • #24
                    Dick Dale = King of Surf Guitar.
                    Listen
                    Lots.
                    Originally Posted by Dr.Picklebottom


                    ...i want to see regular homeless people fighting homeless people in santa claus suits over a sweater vest and purple members only jacket.

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                    • #25
                      These guys are pretty awesome to listen to:

                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRA5wG2oFYk
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                      • #26
                        ^ killer drummer is essential in surf

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                        • #27
                          That Hal Leonard play along surf book is a great starting point.

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                          • #28
                            Dick Dale = King of Surf Guitar.
                            Listen
                            Lots.




                            I'm a longtime lurker.The SpeNerdsSpenard's Premier Instrumental Surf Trio!

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                            • #29
                              16p

                              18p

                              20p

                              38w

                              48w

                              58w
                              http://soundcloud.com/haaiopdieaas

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                              • #30


                                I'd love to have a guitar strung like that. The guitar I want to do it to has no truss rod though & I'm pretty sure those strings would destroy it.

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