Surf Guitar

Learn Genres Guitar Course from Chris Liepe

Study the ideas and techniques of surf artists like Dick Dale, The Ventures and more!

6 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.

Multi-Camera

Course filmed with 6 cameras for the perfect angles.

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Full Course Breakdown

Learn how to create surf hooks, get surf tones, and make the information you already know on the guitar useful in the Surf genre!

1

What Is Surf Guitar?

What do you need to know to play surf guitar? What styles of music does surf draw from? How has surf music influenced other styles? How does technique play into playing in this genre? Answers to all of these questions and more are in this series! Dig in and have fun!

3:05 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty

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2

Surf & The Blues

If you know the blues, the song forms and chord progressions in surf music are going to make a lot of sense to you. If you are not that familiar with the blues, that's ok! We go over the similarities in this lesson and so you can learn about two different genres at the same time!

13:15 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty

3

Surfin' & Strummin'

Starting with some of the background layers that are present in some surf songs, you'll learn about two different ways to approach the guitar in a rhythmic context similar to a track performed by the Ventures.

12:19 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

4

Ice That Arm

Fast alternate picking with thick spring reverb and strange sounding scales is the first sound people think of when someone mentions surf guitar. This lesson breaks down the alternate picking component of that sound.

15:34 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

5

Make It A Double Harmonic

That classic "Miserlou" sound that seems both haunting and enchanting is explained and broken down in this lesson with a scale that most people never even think to learn. It's called the Double Harmonic scale.

10:46 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

6

Bring It Home To E

Take what you learned about the double harmonic scale in the key of C from the last lesson and apply it to the good old open E. Practice it on the low E and the high E with a click track and with the backing track! Get familiar with the sound and try writing your own melody or hook.

8:23 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

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  • Greeley, CO
  • Playing since 1995
  • 244 lessons at JamPlay
Chris Liepe was born on September 17th, 1981 in Portland OR. His first instrument was piano which he pursued until discovering his love for the electric guitar in high school. He became fans of such groups as Soundgarden, Collective Soul and U2 inspiring him to start singing, songwriting and helping others in their musical endeavors with teaching, co-writing and album production.

Having moved to Colorado with his family, he began gigging, recording and teaching in a number of music stores as well as out of his apartment until deciding to pursue music full time. He moved to Denver, CO to complete a Bachelors in Music Technology and was then hired on by Sweetwater Productions, a division of Sweetwater Sound and one of the largest, most successful recording studios in the Midwest.

Chris spent nearly 4 years at Sweetwater as a producer, recording engineer, studio musician and writer. During this time he had the privilege of working with many artists including Augustana, Landon Pigg, Jars of Clay, and Mercy Me. He also wrote for and played on numerous independent albums and hundreds of radio/TV commercials.

Wanting to get back to his favorite State in the world (Colorado) and feeling the urge to 'go freelance', Chris moved to Greeley, CO and opened his own recording and teaching studio. He continues to write and produce music for artists and agencies and is happy to be among the proud JamPlay.com instructors.
Reviews & Feedback 80/100 with 71 ratings
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guloguloguy

WOW!!!! These last couple of lessons have given me some great things to work on, and to inspire me to use a metronome, and to drill extensively on 16th note patterns, at higher speeds, with the "harmonic minor", and "double harmonic minor" scal

bharatbhagwat

Great Lesson About Surf Guitar .... :)

robdbirch

I like the genre! Thanks for bringing this to JamPlay!

Quinlan

Liked the music theory added in too, it's not just the fingering. Love getting both of them.

primo90

Lovin it

tpaulits

start. Personally I don't want to see 30 seconds of something that I probably won't be able to do for years as an opening but he settled in well for me at least. I'll be back. Thank you