Misirlou Guitar Lesson – Dick Dale and The Del-Tones

Misirlou Guitar Lesson - Dick Dale and The Del-Tones

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In this Misirlou guitar lesson, I will show you to play this Dick Dale classic note-for-note.

We will be using standard tuning.

The most obvious technique used by Dick Dale throughout “Misirlou” is the rapid fire tremolo picking. In order to accomplish this and also make the guitar tone brighter, he chose to pick very close to the bridge.

Picking very close to the bridge makes the string feel tighter, which in turn can make it a bit easier to rapidly pick the string.

You will need a lot of endurance to make it through the entire song. The most important thing to remember is to try and keep your right hand wrist and forearm as relaxed as possible. That is very difficult to do because the picking is almost non-stop. “Misirlou” is a great exercise in staying relaxed during fast picking passages.

There is also a short chord section where the guitar takes a rhythm guitar approach underneath a trumpet solo. I will show you the chords used during this section of the song and it gives a chance for you to relax your picking hand a bit.

So I hope you enjoy learning this surf rock guitar workout!

Video Rating: / 5


  1. It's so hard moving the hand so quick

  2. And I just broke my guitar pick

  3. I fucking love you man<3

  4. how the fuck do i pick the string that fast

  5. It's not just tremolo but patterned tremolo!

  6. Mmm! That IS a tasty guitar lesson

  7. his fingers are thin

  8. Caesar [SailorNeptune]

    rip when you have no reverb on your amp. guess i need a reverb pedal

  9. God damn my arms hurt

  10. Honestly one of the best guitar tutorials I’ve seen on YouTube. Great job man

  11. DEACTIVATED Joe Costantini

    big flappy string, lol!

  12. Thanks, man! And thanks for showing the end goal at the beginning! I cannot stand guys who lecture and then you don't know fi you even want to watch the video. Yours is great!

  13. 1 4 5 7 8 11 8 7

  14. What mode is this in?


  16. Best vid I found on how to play this song. Thanks.

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