#1
So can anyone give me any tips on how to play surf rock. Like any good song examples and scales.

thanx
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#2
misirlou, lots of tremolo... that's the extent of my "Surf" rock knowledge

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#3
I think the best answer you could get is:

Wipeout - Surfaris

And then possibly

Surfing with the alien - joe satriani is basically surf rock just with the alien twist :P

I'd say analyse that song wipeout its only based on like 1 or 2 scales i could see from a quick glance there, but something you needa know that a style of music is much more based on how you phrase you music rather than what scales or chords your playing.
#5
Wipeout by The Surfaris, and some older Rancid songs(Spirit of '87, Stand Your Ground and Listed MIA, although they're slightly more punky).
Generally I'd keep in a major key, use chords I, IV, V, simple melodies, lots of passing notes.
With your chords you can slide them in, for example:

e|----------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------|
G|-4/55555554/5555555-----|
D|-4/55555554/5555555-----|
A|-2/33333332/3333333-----|
E|----------------------------------|

And in your lead guitar this usually works well to make it sound very surfer:

e|----------------------------|
B|--777777----------------|
G|--9b9b9b----------------|

Hope that's helpful
#6
Check out Guitar Player January 07- its devoted to Surf Guitar.

There is also a nice boxed set of surf guitar out there called Cowabunga!.

If you can't get your hands on either, check out these...

Bands:

Dick Dale
The Ventures
The Bel-Aires
Beach Boys
Los Straightjackets
Laika and the Cosmonauts
Surf Punks
Link Wray
The Chantays
Jan & Dean
The Honeys
The Sandals
Booker T and the MGs
The Trashmen
The Rotations
Bobby Fuller Four
The Surfaris
The Pyramids

Songs:


Eliminator
Rumble
Wipeout
Get Carter!
Green Onion
Miserlou
Pipeline
Walk, Don't Run
Sleepwalk
The Wedge
Shoot the Curl
Surfin' Bird
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#7
Check out Guitar Player January 07- its devoted to Surf Guitar.

I hate being wrong, and that info is wrong.

That issue is the one dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Fender Strat and the reason I came up with it is that Fender used a lot of surf imagery in their ad campaign...and its reproduced in that issue and on its cover.

HOWEVER, there is an issue of GP or GW that I own that does have a buttload of surf/spy/space guitar info, and when I find it, I'll pass it along.
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#8
chris isaak- wicked game kinda has a "surfer" tone from what i gather is surfer music based on the above recommendations. ive always wanted his clean tone from that song.


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#9
Wicked Game is simply an awesome song...from what I understand, though, the characteristic sound of that song was crafted by the other guitarist in his band, not Isaak himself.

As for its sound, its a bit more "Rockabilly" in tone, but then again, Rockabilly had its influence on surf, too, mainly in the form of picking techniques. The main diff, as I understand it, is that rockabilly typically has a cleaner guitar tone. FWIW, Rockabilly artists also have a tendency to use more hollowbody and semi-holowbody guitars- Gretch, Epis, Gibsons, etc.- while the Fender Strat and Tele and similar single-coil equipped solidbodies tend to dominate the Surf genre.
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