This iconic surf tune, done originally by The Chantays in 1962, is a piece I have played around with for many years but never really settled on a specific arrangement. Part of the problem is I was never happy with the second line, the A Minor run over the bass pattern. After a request for a lesson on it via the Forum at Totally Guitars a few days ago, I got inspired to work out a reasonable way to put the parts together. Here is a preliminary take that still has some smoothing out needed, and there is a lesson up at TG now.


My January 2018 visit with Muriel Anderson ended with Part 3. Part 2 ended with a brief run through of Pat Metheny’s Last Train home, which inspired Muriel to bring up her piece Train To Arnhem. She patiently explained the constantly changing time signatures and confidently expected me to join in.

We then went into some techniques for playing artificial harmonics, which she is a master at. I had been having some trouble with them in my arrangement of Bethena by Scott Joplin and played a bit as an example.

We ended with a hand to hand comparison showing that anyone who thinks they can’t play guitar because their hands are too small should probably work on their technique.

All in all we had a blast in the studio that day and I hope everybody finds something educational, or at least entertaining in this series of videos.


Part 2 of Muriel’s visit to TG Central started off with another improv from her Eclipse CD, Moonshadow by Cat Stevens. Then we spent some time talking about her musical history, her love of Bluegrass, and her not catching much popular culture growing up (with an innocent slam on a band still going strong after 50 some-odd years).

We did strike a little common ground as we continued, bringing up Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) and Pat Metheny, which sparked a rusty stab at a couple of his songs that I had messed with a few years ago.