The Ventures’ songs are so intoxicating

Discussion in 'Gretsch-Talk Music' started by radd, Apr 12, 2019.

  1. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    Heard “Walk don’t Run” run yesterday for the umteen time and realized I have never bother to learn it. Only took a couple hours to nail it at speed, 155bpm, thanks to watching their live performance and a couple good YouTube vids.

    With the reverb cranked to ridiculous levels on my Fender Princeton Reverb I just can’t stop playing it.

    They sure produced some great rhythms with simple melody lines.

    BTW...that’s not me playing.....In case you were mean you weren’t wondering?...

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  2. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    My old man had a bunch of records, including the Ventures How to Play Guitar album. I'm sure my uncles practiced with this record.

    Walk Don't Run was the first song I learned as a kid, the rhythm, lead, and bass parts. I can't stand it anymore lol. I still play Morgen though...:)

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  3. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    I've always liked The Ventures because the surf sound was part of my childhood even though it was on the way out..
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  4. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Great stuff, love the Ventures and the California surfsters.

    Interesting what the original 1954 version by Johnny Smith sounded like. The Ventures made Johnny a lot of money !

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  5. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    In our band, we often play Hawaï-5-0 - The Ventures version, this one :

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  6. r0de0

    r0de0 Gretschie

    Jul 7, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    Yep, just learning:
    "Spudnik (Surf Rider)" by The Ventures

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  7. Fredo

    Fredo Synchromatic

    Jan 18, 2010
    Georgia, USA
    Live in Japan '65 is the Ventures' equivalent of Live at Leeds.
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  8. LongJohn

    LongJohn Gretschie

    Apr 22, 2016
    Queens, NY
    "Another Smash" is still my favorite of their albums.
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  9. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
  10. blueruins

    blueruins Country Gent

    May 28, 2013
    Savannah, GA
    Masters of arranging...albums are a masterclass on how to take a melody and make it a song.
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  11. tdtom

    tdtom Gretschie

    Oct 26, 2018
    new zealand
    check Bruce Lindquist' channel on youtube for lots of obscure surf sound tunes. he plays most of them with a Fender Jaguar or similar.
  12. brownie

    brownie Synchromatic

    Oct 29, 2013
    Great tune; part of my childhood too.
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  13. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    This swingin tune! Sounds straight outta some cheezy biker flick.
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  14. Gregor

    Gregor Gretschie

    Oct 17, 2018
    New Brunswick, Canada
    Learned this song as a teenager in the 60's (good Lord that's making me old). I'm still playing it today. One of my all time favorites although wifey says she's getting tired of it.....she just doesn't understand.
  15. MentalTossFlycoon

    MentalTossFlycoon Electromatic

    Dec 22, 2018
    Ventures one of my very first and favorite guitar influences. My parents had virtually all their albums and my Dad bought me th Learn to Play like the Ventures albums. Spent a lot of time learning their songs besides the usual Walk Dont Run and Pipeline. Probably about 20 -25 songs of the various LPs I have learned. They give you a very solid foundation in rhythm and melody. They are very much the reason I'm into today's instrumental bands like Los Straitjackets, Insect Surfers, Satans Pilgrims, Mermen, ect
  16. LongJohn

    LongJohn Gretschie

    Apr 22, 2016
    Queens, NY

    It's amazing what's on the web. Enjoy.
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  17. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Maybe my favorite Ventures. Drippy!

    It's amazing sometimes what you can find on You Tube, the melody was used as a theme song for a Japanese cartoon, which also had a Hindi version:

    Last edited: Apr 14, 2019
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  18. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Admin Post
    That’s a lotta drip.
  19. RG7X

    RG7X Gretschie

    Nov 11, 2018
    Los Angeles
    The Ventures are awesome. Heavy surf jam right here...

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  20. tlsmith

    tlsmith Gretschie

    Mar 19, 2010
    I have been a Ventures fan since 1963. The only original one left now is Don Wilson. Nokie Edwards passed recently. If you want to hear some seriously great guitar playing Google Nokie Edwards and listen to some of his virtuoso playing. The Ventures sold over 100 million records and toured for more than 50 years. Long live the Ventures.
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