#1
im not really a huge fan of doing this but i was reading an old guitar mag that had an interview with slash and when asked about tapping he said he doesnt do it and he hates to see people rip it off because he thought it was like EVH's personal statement. did EVH invent it or just popularize it? hes the only early person i can think of who did it.

he said he got it from jimmy page who did three note hammer ons in the open position. he said he tried it and then tried moving it up the neck. then he used his right hand to act as the nut, then he switched it so that the index on the left was like the nut and used his right hand to tap notes. i dont know if that means he invented it or if he just stumble across a technique that was already invented. just wondering.
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Van Halen got the tapping idea from jimmy page's heartbreaker solo because he thought it was fast as hell and liked the sound of it..............so ive heard.
#8
EVH was not, not by a long shot, he only popularized it in rock music.

Country guitarists were using it well before him, but i don't know who invented it.
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Van Halen didn't invent it, he just popularized it. Or so i've heard.
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Tapping was not an invention, it was a discovery. The guitar was an invention.
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it was probs some random guy in his room somewhere
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ah so it was emmett chapman or at least thats what wiki says. probably should have looked there first lol.
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For example, Steve Hackett from Genesis was using tapping, years before Van Halen (listen to Dancing With The Moonlit Knight or Musical Box).
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EVH was not, not by a long shot, he only popularized it in rock music.

Country guitarists were using it well before him, but i don't know who invented it.

country guitarists seem to do a lot first. i think chet atkins was one of the first to sweep pick and use a primitive wah pedal. but i think sweeping might actually go back further than that.
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paganini (18th century violinist and guitarist) used tapping i think
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I bet EVH found Tapping while exploring his guitar and tought "Hmm... this looks cool", So why wouldn't a dude from the 16th century do the same with his lute?
Tapping has probably been around since the first stringed instruments, but Eddie popularised the technic.
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^^ Beat me to it. The origins of tapping are rooted in classical. It's not a common technique, but it's hardly uncommon. I wouldn't like to pin it down to Paganini though, as I'm not entirely sure it was him.
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I bet EVH found Tapping while exploring his guitar and tought "Hmm... this looks cool", So why wouldn't a dude from the 16th century do the same with his lute?
Tapping has probably been around since the first stringed instruments, but Eddie popularised the technic.

well i doubt someone from the 16th century would think something looked "cool" lol. but you may be right. i dont really know though. i would have thought they were more about melodic songs like how you see classical players play. not really any solos just songs. but who knows.
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I had it in my head that Steve Howe of Yes was an early exponent...but i could have been getting him mixed up wth Steve Hackett
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Brian May used tapping on "It's Late" one whole year before Eddie supposedly 'invented' it.
May told Guitarist Magazine in 1982 that he was inspired by an unnamed bar-band guitarist from Texas.

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^^ Beat me to it. The origins of tapping are rooted in classical. It's not a common technique, but it's hardly uncommon. I wouldn't like to pin it down to Paganini though, as I'm not entirely sure it was him.

Yeah, i agree its classical, but I don't think it was paganini..he was awesome though.

It must be a pretty old technique since its not really that hard to discover. The trill(hammer on) is a very common technique and so is the pizzicato(plucking of the strings). It wouldn't really take a genius to put two and two together and think that the other hand can be used as well.
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well, I was gonna say that I'd imagine it originated with classical guitar or somethin, cuz tons of techniques did, but after looking through the wikipedia article (which obviously few of you did)

"The practice of tapping has existed in some form or another for centuries. Paganini utilized similar techniques on violin. Another similar technique, called selpe, is used in Turkish folk music on the instrument called the bağlama. Tapping techniques and solos on various stringed acoustic instruments such as the Banjo have been documented in early film, records, and performances throughout the early 20th century." ~http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tapping#History

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#32
Most of the time techniques like these are not invented, because music has been around for so long, it's impossible to say that this one person did it first, especially for guitar, as guitar borrows so many elements from other instruents, especially violin. Take pinch harmonics for example. They were originally used by violinists to get even higher notes that their violins were normally capable of. I won't immediatley say Paginini, but mostlikeky a violinist "invented" tapping, or something like it.

EDIT: I forgot to include this, but honestly I think EVH's story about 'inventing' it is a load of bull. I had never heard of tapping when I first started on bass, but when is saw that hammerons could be used to achieve long periods of fast notes, and my right hand wasn't doing anything, I said, why not try to hammeron with it to. Keep in mind that I had never heard of tapping before (I was like 12) when I showed it to my teacher, he said that it had already been done, and I wasn't surprised, because I figured if a 12 year old kid could figure out you could dot that, then Someone else had before me.
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#33
About the origins of where EVH got the idea, he said so himself that it was Ace Frehley that he got the idea from. Instead of using his finger to tap, Ace would use his pick. Atleast, that's what he said in an issue of Guitar World.
#34
in classical music, taapping has existed for years, a lot of people consider tapping a techinique similar to legato, well i think it is true, because you are doing hammer ons with your hand, so theyre right,

and EVH popularized it but it had existed for years