Most Challenging Surf Song?

Discussion in 'Surf Music Forum' started by duceditor, Aug 11, 2018.

  1. duceditor

    duceditor Dr. Squier

    May 29, 2014
    The Monadnocks, NH USA
    I've been enjoying some back and forths with a fellow surf music loving guitarist this morning -- these based on some kind but knowledgeable words he expressed about one of my videos.

    This one...

    As I wrote, Penetration is a song I love to play -- except when I don't. And that is whenever it reveals the growing age-related limitations in my finger accuracy and timing.

    In a word it is a bit ch. Totally unforgiving. Revealing even the slightest timing miscue or slip of the pick.

    Do my fellow Squierarians agree? What do find the most challenging surf song to play consistently well?

  2. surf green

    surf green Squier-holic

    Jul 15, 2014
    Nicely Don(e).
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  3. Stamatis Stabos

    Stamatis Stabos Squier Talker

    Aug 27, 2018
    Nice play Don!
    the most challenging surf song for me is The Bells of St. Kahuna by Slacktone

    and this also

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  4. horax

    horax Dr. Squier

    Aug 9, 2010
    colorado springs
    The one I’d LOVE to master but always have a hard time with (the second stanza where the key changes) is Slaughter On Tenth Avenue. LOVE that song!
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  5. Toddcaster64

    Toddcaster64 Squier-holic

    Apr 1, 2013
    Camarillo, CA
    I’m a huge surf music fan, but I find that with a lot of them, once you know the pattern, the melody lines are usually not that hard to play. Where *I* get totally left behind is the high speed staccato picking a la Dick Dale or the songs Stamatis posted above. I can only do that for a couple measures before the train goes off the tracks.
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  6. Taurus

    Taurus Squier-Meister

    Sep 8, 2018
    Liverpool, United Kingdom
    I wish I could play any haha be awesome if I could play a lot of surf music
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  7. wickedtools

    wickedtools Squier-holic

    May 16, 2010
    west texas
  8. duceditor

    duceditor Dr. Squier

    May 29, 2014
    The Monadnocks, NH USA
    Fun to see this thread take to the waves again.

    There are, indeed, (at least to my ears) two different "types" of surf music.

    The first is that of a simple but catchy and much repeated melody, that laid over a driving backing track. "Pipeline," "Penetration" and "Surf Rider" all fall into this category.

    The 2nd is the type made famous by Dick Dale. There the drive is found in the lead guitar itself, created with a picking style taken from an Arabic stringed instrument called an oud.

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    Dales music harnessed not just the plectrum style of the oud, but also the minor chromatic lines that are the basis for much arabic music.

    Other west coast bands gave a twist to that by using spanish guitar melodies common in that part of the country,much as Dale used the Arabic music he had heard in his childhood.

    Common to both is very fast picking techniques.

    This is an area -- speed! -- that frankly was never my own strength as a player. (And as I have gotten older it is even further out of reach.) -Thus my own leaning toward that "other" surf style. That of the catchy melody with the 'drive' coming from underneath.

    But for listening I love it all.

    Be great to hear what some of you guys are doing! :)

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  9. Toddcaster64

    Toddcaster64 Squier-holic

    Apr 1, 2013
    Camarillo, CA
    One of my all-time faves... K39

    Name referred to a great surf spot 39km south of the border

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    LOSTVENTURE Squier-Nut

    Have to agree with "Slaughter on 10th Avenue". I have to sit down and re-learn it every couple of years.