The tap guitar, or tiptar, is a kind of electric guitar tapped with the tip of the fingers. Instead of plucking the strings, like on the normal guitar, you tap the strings between two frets, with the tips of your fingers. Advantage: you can play two independent melodic lines, like Bach’s two voices inventions. You can also play a melody with the right hand, for instance, and accompany in chords and bass lines with left hand. Or else you can play just one melody by alternating both hands. The t-g can have one region, like the classical guitar or the 8-strings guitar. Or it can have 2 regions, with, in general, 6 strings for the melody, and 6 strings for the bass and accompaniment.
European Tap-guitar seminar
The place where great tappers meet and play
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Whether you play a tapping guitar or tap on a guitar, this is the place to meet, learn, discover, compare.
Do not miss E-Tap 2023, ‘Independence’
(L to R ) Wolfgang Daiss, Daniel Schell, Kai Kurosawa live
Big News: The schedule of E-Tap is now flexible, you can attend anytime
between July 4-10, 2022
Organised by Daniel Schell
Kai Kurosawa (Japan, US)
Past and present teachers :
Randy Strom, Tomas Merlo, Wolfgang Daiss, Kuno Wagner, Felix Martin, Jim Wright,Andre Pelat ,
Jim Wright, Markus Reuter, André Chalifour, Frank Jolliffe, Jim Lampi, Andre Chalifour, Ron Baggerman, Adam Fulara, Mathias Sorof , Teed Rockwell and many others – not to forget Emmett Chapman – who created the tap-guitar history.
E-Tap Past History
E-Tap Events To Come
Webinar: The Style of Jim Lampi: ‘Hands all over the Board and Thumbs Up’
Jim Lampi presents his style of of playing. Instead of keeping his hands one on each side of the board, for instance the RH on the melody side and the LH on the bass, Jim moves all all over. This is his way of playing crossed or uncrossed, depending on the situation. Jim uses also a lot his thumbs. We all saw this technique used by cellists bit not so often by tappers. On Line Webinar Sunday February 19, 2023. 17h-19h GMT, (London), 18h-20h Brussels Time. Participation 50€ – E-Tappers 40€. Please register at email@example.com.
Webinar: The Style of Tomas Merlo, ‘Beautiful Bass Lines’ July 5 and 8, 11h Enroll now!
Tomas Merlo will be present during this coming E-Tap 2022 Seminar, ‘Beautiful Bass Lines’ on the harmonies of Tune Up.
Tomas Merlo, great bass and tap-guitar player, will show us how to build and play beautiful bass lines. We practice a simple standard ‘Tune Up’ by Eddie Vinson, and on the chords, we play progressively: roots only, roots-fiths, roots-fifths-thirds, full arpeggios connected with minimum steps, passing notes and more… Please register at firstname.lastname@example.org
Webinar: The Style of Rod Serrao
Sunday March 28 Time 16h – 19h GMT (17- 20h Brussels time)
Rod Serrao, great bass and Chapman Stick player, presents us ‘Tapping Classical’. How to arrange classical and light guitar pieces for the tap-guitar. Serrao like Latin style which he plays with perfect precision and musicality.
Webinar: The style of Jim Wright
Sunday November 15, 2020 Time: 15h-18h GMT/
Jim presents his great style through compositions of Frank Zappa which he plays so well. Compositions will include Black Napkins, Zoot Allures (see Jim playing https://youtu.be/CjZA62zOHkw) , Dupree’s Paradise, Black Page 2. Daniel Schell will introduce an analysis of those tunes. Please register at : email@example.com Participation 70€