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Jayesskerr

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What Tatsu said! lol Really good ideas... Gotta grow your community...
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I've been a member for a while. Generally I am looking on getting started with a Tapper but the Chapman sticks are just to dear and so are most of the others. Krappy guitars seem to have some mixed reviews and a poor name choice. I went with a Sonorous as it was well priced and reviewed.

I joined this forum to gain some knowlegde on how to play these instruments. But so far content seems scarce. Some of the resource websites like warr have been useful. Facebook seems to have more activity, Sonorous Tappers, All stickists are friends.

Locally only a few tappers seem to be known. Tom McMahon actively plays his custom tapper locally and has been very helpful on tunings. He's been playing for 30 years.
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Yes, not a lot of local tappers anywhere; kind of a pretty specialized group of folks!
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I agree, having just found this forum as I'm building a 12-string piezo driven, EMG and Roland GK- midi-equipped 12- string tapper out of aluminium, and was searching for info on string lengths.

I have played Ztars for many years, own 4 of them at the moment, (Vr3, Z1, and 2 x Mini Zx's.) and am saving up all my kopecki to buy a Grand 12 Ztar in mini format.
I love the Ztar hugely, and I also like the tone and timbre and subtle expressiveness of Stick-type instruments  a lot.

I have never played a Warr or a Chapman Stick, but I'm hoping that with my new self-build instrument that I can bring something of both Ztar and Stick-variant to one very expressive 12-string midi/acoustic/and electric instrument.

It would be great if more Ztarists (and other tappers) hung out here..  



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I don't know about a community vision, but strictly speaking for myself, I play using both hands and all fingers so I can
play music as a soloist and not have to rely on another musician for bass, rhythm, melody etc. . It allows me to have access to all (tempered) music.

 Being a bassist in ensembles for may years has been somewhat limiting. Everything centered around the pianist.
 I think the vision I have is based on musical independence. Too many guitar players quiting the band LOL.
 
With all due respect to builders of "tapping" instruments, I have not seen an instrument that really allows the player to function as a musician, but rather more like a guitarist or bassist. It has been an ongoing process for me for years to get the right instruments, electronics and strings, straps, stands etc.

It has been and continues to be a lot of work to get my playing up to where I envision it to be.
 
I think everyone has a different concept and ideas.

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