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

Dick Dale brought two very important things to surf music: A punk energy and the use of exotic scales. Often known as the King of Surf Guitar, his ferocious tremolo picking was and is like no one else. He's responsible for pushing Fender to make higher wattage amps and speakers to keep up with his stage volume.

"Misirlou" was the first song to destroy all expectations about what defined surf music. I point to this tune often when asked why I have such broad idea about what can be considered surf music.