Surf & The Blues (Guitar Lesson)


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Chris Liepe

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!

Taught by Chris Liepe in Surf Guitar seriesLength: 13:15Difficulty: 1.5 of 5


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primo90primo90 replied on November 11th, 2017

In Phase 2 @ 5:22 when playing a major pentatonic over the "sneaky" 6th C chord, why does the high E string have a B rather than a C (i.e. it doesn't match the low E string)?

Jason.MounceJason.Mounce replied on November 13th, 2017

Hi there, please review the answer to this question asked in the Ask A Teacher section of this video. Thanks!

larry@zeiders.net[email protected] replied on March 1st, 2016

Awesome topic and lesson.

bitchermanbitcherman replied on August 2nd, 2015

Enjoying this--great teaching!

robdbirchrobdbirch replied on January 13th, 2015

Really enjoying the course! Nice fret board display tool! I might be wrong, might want check the fret display at 5:21 for the Cmaj pentatonic.

dave5761dave5761 replied on January 4th, 2015

this stuff is cool! I have been looking for this for a long time. Thanks

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on January 3rd, 2015

Thanks for the feedback! Ya I dig it too!!

foxboyfoxboy replied on January 3rd, 2015

Hey, love that fretboard display! Really helps to see what you're doing!

Surf Guitar

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Study the ideas and techniques of artists like Dick Dale, The Ventures and more! Learn how to create surf hooks, get surf tones, and make the information you already know on the guitar useful in the Surf genre!



Lesson 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...

Length: 3:05 Difficulty: 0.5 FREE
Lesson 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...

Length: 13:15 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 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....

Length: 12:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 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...

Length: 15:34 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 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...

Length: 10:46 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 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...

Length: 8:23 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only

About Chris Liepe View Full Biography 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.

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