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Surfin USA is a song with lyrics written by Brian Wilson set to the melody of Chuck Berry’s song Sweet Little Sixteen. It was recorded and released by the Beach Boys in 1963 as a single and on the album also called Surfin USA. In this lesson, we’ll talk about the 3 different triads used in the song. Each chord is played both as a triad and as a dominant 7 – so I’ll show you how to make those chords As usual, we’ll first go through each part of the song with chords in root position – then follow that up by using the technique of finding the nearest inversion. In the song specific techniques section, I’ll show you how to use a keyboard to emulate the guitar lick intro, how to play the signature lick for each chord, and how to play the solo for the instrumental bridge