EX­AM­PLE 1 Beach Boys style

Guitar Techniques - - PLAY: RHYTHM -

This first ex­am­ple is a fast paced, arpeg­gio based idea that was popular with both surf, and rock‘n’roll bands in the 1960s. The use of ex­clu­sively down strokes of the pick is an im­por­tant fac­tor in cre­at­ing the sound, as is a light palm mute. The tim­ing and dy­nam­ics need to be even and driv­ing. The Beach Boys used twangy Fen­der gui­tars so go for a bridge pickup and se­lect a bright spring re­verb if you have the op­tion - and turn it up!

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