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A popular sound of the 1960s came to be known as Surf Music. This usually featured the simple arrangement of a catchy melody played by two guitars (lead & rhythm), bass, and drums. The Ventures were one of the first instrumental groups on the scene, although they soon branched out into many different styles. Their version of *Walk Don’t Run*, released in 1960, was written by Johnny Smith in 1955, recorded by Chet Atkins two years later, and went on to become a defining anthem of the times and the sound. Neil likes to use the rhythm parts this song as a barre chord exercise for beginners and the lead sections as intermediate exercises to work on steady alternate picking and playing scales. This lesson works on both aspects.