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Hey all new here. and new to tapping aswell.
Its good to have an alternative to the other main chapman stick forum yes......
So a little about me, ive been paying guitar for 20 odd years never formally or in a band etc . during that time especialy the last 10 years ive come to prefer celtic finger style and just lately realising i like abit of everything like modern clasical “movie themes etc” and middle eastern , indian etc... been playing in eaaeae and dadgad for yearsetc..
So anyway like few months ago they forced me to do “ work for the dole” where you “work” for your unemployment benefits which has turned out to be pretty decent as im in a multimedia music type office with other musicians piss farting around 5 days a week basically lol.
I really needed a proper guitar and went with an 8 string over my usual 6 string realizing i wanted more base range as i tended to use my thumb to stustain a base under a melody. So anyhow my superviser said you gotta try the chapman stick and the other senoir dude there lit right up said yeah man you gotta look at it so i did . this is around 3 momths ago......
So after trawling sorting and saving like 50 odd youtube touch style vids I go to them all the time just as my prefered listening music and.... for the last 2 months playing my own guitar almost exclusively in tapping mode. Im realising i should bite the bullet and actually get a tapper. there seems to be a fair bit of choice and i was almost going to buy this fan fretted megatar listed on gumtree in au. i think its sold though. was a bit wary of the fan fret anyway as i figured i wanted to inverse the straight base side tuning as per traditional chapman stick but probably in 4ths.
btw I live in a tent and have done for half my life but.... with no rent comes some savings which gives me around 2k or so to spend on some kind of 12 string stick and there seems to be a fair bit of choice which is good. another thing about me is that i had a stroke like a year and ahalf ago thanks to paleo diet done wrong but im pretty lucky just lost some vision and probably 15% more demented than i already was. so whats that around 70% mad bastard now. But im still able to use all my hands, fingers and aquire,hold new information which i proved to myself with some recent learned classical guitar pieces. Got my cholesterol from 15 down to 5 now ffs.
I dunno I really want to buy a stick and hook right in to it.
just need to decide on one...
So again hey all and i hope to progress along with you people and share the. good times ahead
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Probably highest on the list at the moment is a tenayo ziggy. Thoughts?.....
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Just an opinion: All the instruments you've mentioned are a bit different from one another. What instrument you play should be based on how you plan on using it/play it.
When I purchased a Stick, back in 1975, it only had 10 strings. Five melody tuned in 4ths and five bass tuned in inverted 5ths. After a few months, I realized I did not want to start over playing on the "upside down" bass strings. This tuning, scale length, and concept was cool, but not my concept of playing two handed touch style. It was more of bass guitar in one hand and guitar in the other. I restrung it with a tuning I already was familiar with. BTW the scale length was 34". Just a suggestion, but if you are used to playing a guitar at a certain scale length, say tuned in 4th or with the guitar B3 E4 tuning, stay with that format. There are 9, 10 etc. stringed guitars.