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Watch the Sands of Waikiki online guitar lesson by Jason Loughlin from Essentials: Surf Guitar

We have to take a look at Hawaiian music to start understanding the harmony and the mood that has influenced surf music. It's hard to have a conversation about surf music originating in California and not include Hawaiian music. Bands like Santos and Johnny, who wrote arguably the most popular surf ballad of all time, "Sleepwalk", were influenced by Hawaiian music and the use of the lap steel.