Laptaping or Airtaping? What do they call it? And any tips?

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Laptaping or Airtaping? What do they call it? And any tips?

#1 Post by guitarmattms » Thu May 15, 2008 10:38 pm

Hey,

Not sure if any of you heard of this guy but his name is...

Erik Mongrain... I've found some videos of him on youtube doing this and it's quite interesting. So, far I figured out that he does use some alternate tunings. I'm wondering if anyone has heard of this technique before and if there any books or lessons available anywhere. Thanks.


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#2 Post by Stephen Brown » Fri May 16, 2008 4:57 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbndgwfG22k

Very special stuff.

There's about 4 or 5 different techniques involved in this style. Pioneered by many great players before this gentleman, who I must say is as uniquely talented as the preiviously thought of. For example Eric Roche had 7 microphones built into his acoustic for this exact type of style.

An honorable mention from Tommy is in Eric's book.

It does seem in recent years (last 7) that this type of playing has become more wide spread now. That's such a great thing!

I can testify that this type of style does grab people attention in bar's.
EAN 15-C. 8)

Try to take each method & break things down slowly.

Timing on wood knocks, different area's of wood tone knock's (body sound bass to trebile) harmonic slaps', stabb's, accuracie of left had, then right.
Conjunction of all methods bit by bit. Alt tunes are a go to but standard tuning is equally as important & do'able.

Doesn't take long to have a go but it does take years to refine the art.

He's completely there in the moment, he know's his instrument. Rivating stuff.

Maybe the best way to learn is by following/setting a pulse.
Simple stuff, like on the 4th meassure of chord try hitting the 12th harmonics.

Chord,Chord,Chord,Tap.........Chord,Chord,Chord,Tap

Then

Chord,knock,Chord,Tap.........Chord,knock,chord,Tap

Or

Knock,Tap,Chord,Chord,Knock

etc...

Each rhythmic choice you make can give you different results.

knuckles, finger tips, palm, nails, side of the hand will all give different tonal variations around the wood's surface area.

Experiment & have fun.

FRETPICK


I've found you a special video of my old teacher to help you. I miss him.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdcQyOEnHv8&feature=related

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Re: Laptaping or Airtaping? What do they call it? And any tips?

#3 Post by Stephen Brown » Sun Jan 17, 2010 6:48 am

guitarmattms wrote:Hey,

Not sure if any of you heard of this guy but his name is...

Erik Mongrain... I've found some videos of him on youtube doing this and it's quite interesting. So, far I figured out that he does use some alternate tunings. I'm wondering if anyone has heard of this technique before and if there any books or lessons available anywhere. Thanks.
Hope that helps.

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Re: Laptaping or Airtaping? What do they call it? And any tips?

#4 Post by Roger » Sat Jan 23, 2010 9:57 am

Airtapping or whatever you wanna call it at its best: :headbang

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ys8l_X9zA10" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Michael used two kinds of microphones in his guitars. One magnetic in the soundhole to pickup the lows and to enhance them, and a contact pickup for the highs and the slaps and all that.
The technique is not much different from regular tapping, just more violent.

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Re: Laptaping or Airtaping? What do they call it? And any tips?

#5 Post by precario » Sat Jan 23, 2010 5:44 pm

Yeah, I've known Hedges for a a little time now, and I can just say he's a plain outstanding musician !

You should check out his Live On The Double Planet album. Really crazy stuff going on there.

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