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bergland

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It is interesting to note that only 21 instructional resources for touchstyle instruments have been published in the last 40 years (since 1974, the first year a commercial touchstyle instrument was available). Many people wonder why the specialized touchstyle instrument has not gained a wider audience in the near half-century it has been around. There are probably lots of reasons for this and the investigation of it makes for a fascinating study.  Maybe the lack of extensive instructional material is one reason for this. There are some absolutely excellent materials out there, but there seems be a shortage of material for very raw beginners, i.e., folks with absolutely no musical instrument training at all. Touchstyle play demands a skillset different from most people's expectations and many folks are disappointed in their lack of ability to master the basic techniques for performance. One only has to read online commentary about people selling instruments and instruments which have lain dormant in closets for long periods of time.
 
I have published a descriptive list of all 21 of these publications. This list can be accessed through the following link
 
 
If you know of other published instructional material outside the criteria set in this article, please notify me.
 
I own most of these resources and have worked through them not only as a potential performer, but as a trained analyst of educational curricula. There are very few published resources in this list which address the raw beginner, i.e., someone with no musical training on any instrument. Most of the resources assume that touchstyle players are migrating from other instruments (guitar, bass guitar, piano) and have some fundamental knowledge of music. If the goal to gain touchstyle popularity is desired, it has to be accompanied by excellence in instructional design. 

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Well done!

I am hoping that this forum can be a place where new comers to touchstyle can find the resources and encouragement they need.  

I am sure that if there was a well conceived methodology for beginners that would apply to any instrument it would go a long way toward furthering the expansion of the genre. 

Just compiling this list is a great contribution.
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Just compiling this list is a great contribution.


Megatar:

And in the time since publishing it, you have responded in providing three new resources that will drive me back to the publication in order to update it. This is the value of an active and operational forum. Old ideas don't remain old for long.

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Adam Fulara has a DVD/book available on is site..

http://adam.fulara.com/discography

I haven't used it so I can't give an opinion. It appears to be based on standard 6-string.
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Adam Fulara has a DVD/book available on is site..

Murph:

Fantastic. I appreciate the information. His playing skills are amazing. I'll definitely install it in the list and try to get a copy so I can explore his teaching.

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Hi folks,

If you're looking for informations on methods on touchstyle, take a look to my tapping website.

They're not all there, but you'll find many of them.

http://worldwide-tapping.wix.com/ressources#!ressources-selon-les-instruments/c1gu3


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André Chalifour,DAMPS,Bfa
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Jayesskerr

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Adam Fulara is disgustingly good. His Bach obsession is nuts...!
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I used to have the "Easy Touch Style Basics"-Ebook on my Harddrive, but since the old computer died I can't access it anymore. Any idea where I can get it? Or any other beginners instruction which applies to 8string-Instruments?
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"Easy Touch Style Basics"

I've multiple copies, if I can actually find them you're welcome to a copy, free...........

Found'em, email me back a shipping address at gdrakeley@tx.rr.com and i'll put it in the mail.......
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