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jdavies

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Interested to hear people's reasons for this. I started as a kid - went up to the hifi and put on the headphones and my brother's copy of Van Halen 1 was in the cassette deck. I had never heard "Eruption" before and when I did my mind was well and truly blown. It still is, every time I hear it.

I had to work out what was going on there and somehow I discovered that EVH played guitar differently.

When I finally got an electric guitar I realised I could replicate the two handed "widdle" faster than anything else; took me a lot longer to grasp (literally grasp) chords and regular soloing and everything else.  But for sheer fun (not to mention impressing people) fluttering those opening notes on the D string at the 5th, 8th and 12th fret will always be my "wanna see something cool?" thing.

Later on my mind was similarly blown by Trey Gunn playing his Warr horizontally on "The Deception of the Thrush" on one of the KC DVDs. Lovely melodic soloing and a way of showing the fretboard in an "all these notes are yours" sort of way. Literally just reach out and touch them!

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I came from percussion and keyboards, until one day I had a vision of the Chapman Stick, and realized that this was the instrument for me. I could sidestep all of the competition on those instruments and strike out on my own. 

I have a love for counterpoint first and foremost, and have done some contrapuntal playing. Mostly over the years I've played the bass role for bands, but I want to do more. I"m putting together another band, and I want to make every arrangement have a great bass line, and also a pretty good rhythmic chordal part. 

I'm studying a lot of Ted Greene, and I'm fixing to move into old New Orleans rhythm & blues. I've done Bach but the spirit of the music is elusive on an electric instrument, unless you're playing blindingly fast.

I keep improving, slowly. 

I answered the why in my first paragraph, but there is an ongoing reason as well. I feel born to play, and why should I be re-inventing the wheel, and put my hands where others have been, when I can go someplace new? Every day for me is an act of discovery on the Stick, and my best moments occur when I am ceasing to play the Stick, but just playing the music. 

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Why tap? ... It just feels like the right thing to do! [smile]
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Well, for me it's a solution to a problem; It is hard to find musicians to play with in my neck of the woods so being able to self accompany seems like a really obvious solution. Now, one could always go crazy and learn to play fingerstyle guitar a la Tuck Andress or Ben Lacey, but I like the fact that tapping instruments are so "open" and "yet to evolve" Plus, that deep bass sound, gotta have it...
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Rapidly approaching 40 yrs of age I decided I wanted to pick up an instrument again, my first since Cornet in the 5th grade. I wanted something that would seriously challenge me, the standard run of the mill instruments did not appeal to me tho piano was in the running. I contacted my BFF Frank Jolliffe (R.I.P.) who introduced me to the Chapman Stick and the rest is history, it's been tapping ever since. The Stick, Warr Guitar, long and short scale Box Guitars, Santucci TrebleBass's and Megatar's of all varieties challenge me to this day, some 20yrs later, a continuous ongoing never-ending challenge and source of amusement, there's always something new to learn technique wise. Latest exploration is uncrossed all fourths on my newest Megatar, a beauty and fantastic instrument to play. And my journey continues.....
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....oh yeah, Theremin too, air tapping ?????
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Interesting topic!

For me it came out of the need for a Bass Player at our Church back in the day. Then I saw the Austin Douglas Guitar on the internet and feel in love with the idea. So it really had nothing to do with "tapping" perse as a guitarist I never really ventured into the tapping like Eddie or Stanley Jordan did. I was more an old school fan of guitarists like George Benson, Lee Ritenour and Larry Carlton. Ironically I never played one "tapped note" at that church.

Also I never got the ADG and instead got an old Chapman Stick from some music ad.
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I had never heard of tapping (other than the normal hammering-on guitar players use), until I saw Bob Culbertson play at a street fair.  Within a month or two, I had acquired a used Chapman Stick.  Over the intervening years, I also accumulated a used ADG-10, a used 7-string guitar set up for tapping, and a used Megatar, and a few instruments I made myself.

I guess I was never destined to be the soloist/one-man-band sort of tapper, but the technique is extremely useful for accompaniment.  Currently, I play in a polka band with the Megatar (4ths/4ths tuning), and the ability to play bass accompaniment with the left hand, and fill-in chords with the right hand is extremely useful for this band. I suppose I've played 150-200 gigs with the polka band with the Meg. 

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 There does not seem to be any recent posts on this thread........ I was a member here before, and last time I looked, the site was down.
Nice to see it has returned.

 Having been a "touch player"  (really a press player) since the late 1960s, I never accepted "Tap" as the official term for two handed fretboard playing. That term brings to mind being "tapped" on the shoulder.
 I purchased a Stick Touchboard in 1975. With great respect for Emmet, I did not care for the upside down 5ths tuning bass section. The idea back then was a bass and a guitar sharing the same neck (10-strings back then). I have since developed my own instrument with the tuning I prefer. I am starting on a third version of the instrument soon.

 I embraced this concept (re: "Why do you want to tap?") because, as a string player, I wanted to be able to use my fretboard skills to embrace all of music. I wanted to be able to read any sheet music where it is written and where it sounds.
I don't know about anyone else, but it has been a life long obsession for me.
 
 I am sometimes asked "Why not just play the piano? " . Well, I can, but I am not good at it. For me, it is pressing wooden levers that function through the piano action and then a hammer hits the string. There are two levels and two different shapes for the keys, not to mention pressing pedals.  Pressing on an even surface across 8+ octaves in a shorter space is much easier for me.
 Being able to play note or combination of notes that any other instrument can play is a beautiful experience. Working out fingerings has been a daily process that has really changed how I play.
 I can't express the amount of time and effort I have put in to having the right instruments, strings and techniques to be able to start on the endless journey, but for me, I do this this because I love it.
 I hope to be able to contribute on this forum.
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I was tired of doing cowboy chords on a regular guitar, and playe drums for a couple years...  and if i'm going to dive in really deep then I want the sound to be funky and awesome sounding, thus worth all that learning curve effort... a Zentapper sounds like it fits my personality.   

Wish me luck, it arrives in the mail soon!

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8 Octaves,

> I am starting on a third version of the instrument soon.

I would be very interested in any information about this as it progresses, if you are happy to share it, your custom instruments are often fascinating, pioneering and innovative.
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