Long hailed as the indisputable King of Surf Guitar and the Father of Loud, living legend and American icon Dick Dale never actually set out to define a genre—that was left to the throngs devotees who followed in his wake. Others played surfing songs. Often, my songs had nothing to do with surfing, but they had the surfing sound the way I played it. The guitar was the surfing sound.
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He was a pioneer of surf music , drawing on Middle Eastern music scales and experimenting with reverberation. Dale was known as "The King of the Surf Guitar", which was also the title of his second studio album. Dale worked closely with the manufacturer Fender to produce custom-made amplifiers  including the first-ever watt guitar amplifier. He learned the piano when he was nine after listening to his aunt playing it. He learned to play the instrument, using both lead and rhythm styles, so that the guitar filled the place of drums.
This was a deliberate move on his part. The guitarist was also a surfer and he wanted his music to capture the experience of riding waves. Dale maintained that the key to surf rock is in the rhythm, how it mimics the rush of the water. Luckily enough, Southern California was also the home of Leo Fender, a pioneer of the electric guitar. It took some effort to get the Showman as loud as Dale desired.
I simply could not imagine a cooler way to start a movie. One is left only with the sense that something terrible and great is about to occur. Dale died on Saturday, at age eighty-one.