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|What you learn:
The Surfaris Style|
|Teacher: Michael Johnson|
Michael: This interactive lesson continues the series
on surf rock guitar. This lesson covers the style of the Surfaris, the
Surfaris were well known for simple and melodic lines with a clean guitar tone. This
lesson is excellent for any beginning to intermediate guitarist looking to play
simple leads and rhythms and fun for the rest of us guitarist who have been
playing for awhile. Here's the lesson sample of what you'll
Michael: Here's the musical concepts you'll
1. Playing the C I, IV, V progression
2. Playing simple
licks over chord changes
3. Learning to change positions while the chords
This first tab shows you the C Major scale pattern and the I, IV, V, notice I
also give the octave I, IV , V notes as well. These positions are important to
remember when switching during soloing, here's the progression
Now we'll use this lick in the order.
Michael: I'll give the entire lick sequence in a minute, make sure you have this lick down
first. Here comes the entire
Michael: Very simple,
here's a jam track you'll play the coming licks over:
You can select any section of the tab to rehearse a section, notice how the
licks move with the progression. It's a good practice to use simple lines like
this and move around the neck during the progression
changes. Most of you have some experience I assume in playing solos. Our next section will cover playing surf lead
licks, here's the progression notes, based on the 1st & 2nd strings. This
will give you an idea of where to play the follow lead
The positions I just gave you will apply to the next licks, here's the first lead
Now you can play that same lick using the progression.
Now try playing this lead over the looping jam track. Notice on the V & IV you
shorten the lick due to the duration of the phrase during those chords. This
basic concept works with rock, blues and jazz. Here's another variation, using
slides and licks:
Jaigee: You can
always learn more, but are we supposed to improv the
Michael: I highly encourage it! That's the
whole idea, take these licks and use others you already know, you can also jam
in the C Minor Pentatonic as well:
Michael: I'll send a
few lick in that scale pattern.
This uses more double stop licks.
You can move lick 3 over the chord progression as well.
Time to go class, see you next
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