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What's up, it's Mike from Guitar Tricks, teaching you "Walk Don't Run" as made famous by The Ventures. This is an early 60s surf instrumental classic with an iconic melody.

This song features 2 clean electric guitar layers. One plays the chord progression, while the second plays the iconic vibrato-bar heavy "surf guitar sounding" melody.

The tune features two sections. The A section features a minor key melody, while the B section goes to the relative major for variety and to keep things interesting. The song has a very simple form, chord progression, and arrangement. The simple guitar melody from Guitar 2 carries the whole tune, proving that melody is the essential ingredient in music.

To play this tune using only one guitar, you'll play Guitar 2's melody guitar parts all the way through, switching to Guitar 1's rhythms only when there is no melody to be played.

In the following lessons, we'll talk about barre chords and open chords, single note melodies, chord arpeggiation, and surf-inspired vibrato bar techniques. We are in the key of A minor, with a 4/4 time signature, at a tempo of 155 BPM.