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I want to learn tap-style guitar a la Michael Hedges, Billy McLaughlin, Kaki King, Preston Reed, etc. Any tips on resources to help me get started?

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Watch, listen, and replicate.

It's the best way you can learn that sort of innovative style. Some people give tutorials about how to go about doing it, but just sit and watch and play.


Also look into Petteri Sariola, he has a few interesting tutorials. Oshio Kotaro also has some decent explanations, and Thomas Leeb is always willing to help if you shoot him an email.

And finally, my favorite, Erik Mongrain. All of which offer tutorials and some which offer private lessons
Oh, and one more thing since I can't find the edit button:

Please sit back and learn how to do classical guitar first, and master that before trying to enter into anything more advanced. If you don't have the basics down, you will never be able to complete 2 handed tapping.
Thanks Jeff. I started out playing classical guitar -- I can still do a respectable "Lagrima" and "Bouree" -- but have focused more in the Kottke/Fahey style over the years.

Jeff said:
Oh, and one more thing since I can't find the edit button:

Please sit back and learn how to do classical guitar first, and master that before trying to enter into anything more advanced. If you don't have the basics down, you will never be able to complete 2 handed tapping.
Hi Paul,

I'm sure if you email Shawn Persinger at www.PersingerMusic.com he'll steer you in the right direction. He's a fantastic teacher - and here's what Acoustic Guiar Magazine wrote about him:

"... suggests the grooves of Kottke and Hedges coupled with the harmonic sensibilities of 20th century 'new music'.
Quirky, playful, melodic anarchy." - Acoustic Guitar Magazine

He lives in Connecticut. He teaches at guitar camps, and is teaching at Guitar Intensives (Bar Harbor, Maine) this summer. If you email him, tell him Alice suggested you contact him to steer him in the right direction.

Alice
I think the single most important thing to know is basic music theory.
Tapping is a lot like playing the piano but on the guitar you don't have the "linear restrictions" that a piano has since you can move to the next note either linearly or jump to another string.
knowing how chords are formulated and how they correspond to keys and scales is crucial.

It's also a great idea to study ANY right hand technique you can find.
Flamenco techniques such as rasguedos and the flamenco triplet, bass thumping , popping and slapping techniques, Travis picking and classical techniques too.

The fun part of tapping is creating theories on what "seem" impossible and working it out.
A lot of my tapping compositions start with the "obstacle" and move forward from there.

There are not a lot of instructional books or video's, so , the "other jeff" ** haha ** mentions .. watch listen and replicate.

Check out some of my tapping video's posted here
Hope you find some inspiration and have a ToN oF FuN !!
Good luck .. and .. KeeP on JaMMiN ... its GooD for the SoUL

Jeff Williams / Acoustic Guitar Tapping
www.jeffwilliams-usa.com
Definitely check out Tuck Andress. He put out that Hot Licks video years back, which I still have somewhere, and it came with a really cool manuscript of the lesson as well. That is one of the best resources I can think of. I remember his site as being very informative as well. www.tuckandpatti.com

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