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rainman

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I have a Megatar on order. I have never played tap guitar before, so I would appreciate suggestions about how to start getting in shape while I wait for the instrument to be built.

I play bass guitar and acoustic electric guitar, but the action is rather high on all my instruments, so I have borrowed an electric guitar from a friend and tuned it in 4ths and this seems to work better. I have been practicing chords and scales with both hands, but of course the going is slow. Any ideas on what to practice at this point are welcome.

I'm also curious about which string placement to use. I am tempted by "straight 4ths, crossed hands" because that looks looks the most like what I already have, the fretboard of a bass attached to the fretboard of a guitar. But I'm not sure if that makes much difference. So I'm also drawn to the standard tuning of a Chapman stick because a lot of the instructional videos available will be oriented that way.

Input welcome!

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Hi Rainman

I've only ever played a Megatar in BassBottom tuning, but I am curious too about other stringing and tuning ideas. Both the Stick and Warr websites have resources about tuning types and excellent explanations of them, but it's also useful to check out some of the online footage of other players too. The festive season seems so far away now even though it's only the first full week of January, but this video of our own Tapladder working through "The First Noel" on his collection of instruments shows some interesting fingerings between the different tunings that may be of interest.



Regarding getting in shape, I found that nothing could really prepare me for the shock of a real tapping instrument. I was fast as a shark on my guitar but once I got my Megatar what was most apparent (apart from the scale of things) was my own difference in timing between my hands. I can type this message super-quick, I can drum on my desk with my fingers (or sticks) with very good timing, and I can play regular guitar and bass no problem, but boy do I go out of time very easily when I am playing touchstyle on a designed-to-be-tapped instrument. So that might be something you come up against (but then again, it might not). In that regard the original Zentapper videos are good to watch. They are very basic and somewhat rambly, but I think they are really good at showing you the basics of tapping, like the really basic donk-donk-donk stuff.






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rainman

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Thanks for the input!
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Rainman, do post updates on your progress.
Like you, I have mine on order should arrive next week and I hope to share my experiences & a snapshot or two.

It's a new Zentapper, in standard bass-bottom tuning.  
Wish me luck, peace and music.  [smile]

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Very cool. Nice videos!
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