Guns N’ Roses legends Slash and Matt Sorum, along with Queen guitarist Brian May, have announced the death of Dick Dale.
Brian May wrote on Instagram, “RIP Dick Dale – Father of the Surf Guitar. We all owe you. Rock on. 💥💥💥 Look how his guitar is strung ! He’s left handed, but plays essentially a right handed guitar – except for the controls and ‘horns’. So his heavy bass-end strings are at the lower edge of the fretboard. This means his fingers could never fall in the same shapes as the rest of us.
Maybe this led him to use those low notes more often and more forcefully than everyone around him. But his highly distinctive sound comes from his very fast up-and down action in the picking hand (sometimes confusingly referred to as ‘tremolo’, in reference to the similar-sounding traditional Flamenco Spanish guitar technique, which is actually done in a very different way, with multiple fingernails).
And a lot of echo effect. And thick strings. And a lot of energy !!! Check out his early hit ‘Miserlou’. Wild !!! I wish I’d met him. But truly we all benefit from his trailblazing. Bri.”
You can view the posts by Slash, Matt Sorum, and Brian May below.
Rip Dick Dale the King Of the Surf guitar https://t.co/kREuwdOPcA.
— matt sorum (@mattsorum) March 17, 2019