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Interesting video here starting out with melody arpeggios, and moving into more rhythmic stuff before some loop pedal stuff. For me this is where the essence of tapping is - the one thing where tapping is the best way to get this sound - the rhythmic use of musical notes. But of course the melodies and everything else are lovely and are not to be discounted.


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I agree that the work shown on this video is indeed interesting. You indicate that for yourself, this video shows where the "essence" of tapping is. I would love to get into this kind of analysis in more detail. 

Your statement and the video itself are poignant enough to start a good discussion about what the true value of this artform called tapping/touchstyle is all about. This discussion, however, if pursued intelligently, would move far beyond the restriction of the forum category called, "Electric Bass Tapping" (where we are located at the moment). If the discussion were worthwhile, its statements would soon start to apply to ALL areas of the tapping/touchstyle encounter (guitar, acoustic, specialty instruments).

How then, given some of the restrictive categories set up in this forum, would such a discussion hope not to become mired in one small specialty category and not easily found by all members? How would someone not interested in "Electric Bass Tapping" ever hope to discover a discussion which had moved beyond application to bass guitar, into a wide and general area of conversation?  

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Just added a forum called "The Art of Touchstyle"  where these deeper questions can be pondered.
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And there many "deep questions" concerning the touchstyle experience that will emerge when an individual immerses oneself in the act of embracing strings in a new and challenging way. I don't think enough has been discussed about this reflective and philosophical aspect of touchstyle. Maybe this is why touchstyle as a field of musical endeavour continues to be unknown and un-experienced to a vast segment of the population.

Maybe the important questions can start to be discussed here at Tappistry.

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This discussion, however, if pursued intelligently, would move far beyond the restriction of the forum category called, "Electric Bass Tapping" (where we are located at the moment). If the discussion were worthwhile, its statements would soon start to apply to ALL areas of the tapping/touchstyle encounter (guitar, acoustic, specialty instruments).

How then, given some of the restrictive categories set up in this forum, would such a discussion hope not to become mired in one small specialty category and not easily found by all members?

Don


Hi Don

We just have to work this out for ourselves I guess. I haven't tried the forum enough to know what it can do. For example, I like the band Frost* and their forum has a "recent posts" forum which is always the first place I visit. That way I can see what is "hot" regardless of its classification.

I myself am not bothered if topics started in one place get moved to another by moderators (so long as the moderators are polite [smile]). But the personality of a forum only takes shape when the people using it get together, so until we get more people involved we can only wonder how this might grow (or not).

As you can see I have already turned this topic into another one, now far removed from bass guitar too...

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 But the personality of a forum only takes shape when the people using it get together, so until we get more people involved we can only wonder how this might grow (or not).


Hi Jim:

Wise words! I too am roaming the hallways of this forum framework wondering how it can best work to shape an environment where learning and growth can occur. But, as you say, it will be the evolving population of participants that gather here that will structure that process best.

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