Dick Dale Offering Group Guitar Lesson in Phoenix for Only $125

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Dick Dale and his boy Jimmy.

Dick Dale is the King of the Surf Guitar. Actually, the Boston kid turned OC beach bum pretty much invented the guitar sound associated with everyone from Brian Wilson to Wavves.

So it makes sense that Phoenix's Musical Instrument Museum is super stoked about his January 29 show, an acoustic/electric affair also featuring his son Jimmy, a teenager who bills himself as "The Prince of Surf Guitar." (Tickets are $30-35 here.)

In fact, the folks at MIM are so excited that they're repeating the man's dubious claim to being the "Father of Heavy Metal" (a title bestowed upon him by the exceedingly myopic Guitar Player magazine because he jacked-up primitive amplifiers before anyone else) and calling the Grammy award nominee "the man behind the Pulp Fiction soundtrack" (Tarantino and a couple buddies put the soundtrack together; Dale had one song on it) and "the living influence behind... Nirvana and the Black Eyed Peas."

Yes, the Black Eyed Peas and Nirvana.

It gets better. Dale is also doing a "Master Class" for guitar players the on January 28, the day before the show.

The class is at 7 p.m. and costs $125 for a group lesson.

From a press release:

"Be on stage to jam with the Guitar Legend himself! Bring your guitar and experience a once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn directly from the King of Surf Guitar. The class will take place on the MIM Music Theater stage, so spots are very limited for this exclusive opportunity.

One of the world's most influential guitarists, Dick Dale single-handedly created the legendary "surf rock" sound. His aggressive playing style drove innovation in the world of early amplification and inspired a signature Fender Stratocaster. Dale has played with everyone from Stevie Ray Vaughan to the Black Eyed Peas and has performed everywhere from the Ed Sullivan Show to the Pulp Fiction soundtrack.

The January 28 master class at MIM will give participants a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring their guitars and learn directly from Dale. "He doesn't teach very often--you'll never get another chance like this," says Sunni Fass, artistic and managing director of the MIM Music Theater. "The class size is extremely limited so participants can make the most of their time with Mr. Dale."

You can sign up for the event on a Facebook page.

I don't play guitar, but that price seems pretty steep to me. Any thoughts?


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Are you serious? Is there any chance that they can give us a little cheaper price for the lesson?

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Nicholas
Nicholas

Hey hombre, $125 is a lot of bread for sure, but a guit class from Dick Dale is to guitarists what a painting class from Matisse would be to artists. It'd be worth ten times that.

Nothing's cool
Nothing's cool

Dick Dale is Rock'n'Roll. If you hate rock'n'roll, you probably won't like him. Dick Dale is not talentless or boring so it makes sense that hipsters would not appreciate him. $125 to play guitar with him?! That's a once in a lifetime opportunity and an incredible bargain.

Trey Rhodes
Trey Rhodes

Martin: Yes, this seems too steep. You can pay a lot less to get close to Richard Monsour, er..Dick Dale. Heck in the 70s, if was probably no more than a couple of bucks for even his best gigs: http://surfsideiv.com/misc/dic...

Anyhow, this is an *acoustic* tour, as far as I understand, and the "lesson" will use that type of instrument. Um...pass the Advil.

Fiddleman
Fiddleman

$125 to be near Dick Dale is a ridiculous steal. I would pay $1250. The dude is a true original. They don't come any better than Dick Dale.

Heynow311
Heynow311

Martin, you don't play guitar? Do you play music at all?

I'm sure you can't afford a nice car, so is it silly that someone pays $50,000+ for a Mercedes?

Your logic is off and quite frankly, your negativity, is getting old.

Stop being such a douche. Oh yeah, you're a want to be hipster guy, you can't like anything.

Cheeserinoo
Cheeserinoo

Too much money considering he played at the Rhythm Room not too long ago for like $25.

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