#1
Anyone know tricks and tips about using their acoustic guitar as percussion? Not just hitting the body of the guitar but with the strings as well? I've seen a few videos of players do this and thought it was pretty cool, but looks really challenging. Also where would you suggest hitting the body of the guitar at for a better sound?

Any info and or tips would be nice.

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#2
You mean like Erik Mongrain type stuff?
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#3
Tapping the back will give you a clear, boomy sound. Tapping the area next to the neck on the side will give you a distinct, flat "slap." Tapping the top in various places will produce either a treble or bass tone, and note that this is the fundamental to "tap tuning" used in fine guitarmaking processes.
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#4
all i know about how to do it is using the thumb and back of your palm while fingerpicking (hard as hell)
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Wasn't it called drifting?

That's the name of a song that implements it. Common name is "tapping." I've actually heard "percussive fingering" used before in conversation. Essentially, it should be whatever gets the point across, and I don't think "drifting" accomplishes that very well.
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watch the instructional video from rodrigo y gabriella. gabriella has this insane rhythm style, and totally scares the **** out of me how amazing they are together.
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Check out Andy Mckee, and Antoine Dufour on Youtube.. They'll give you a clear view of "Percussive Play"..
#9
Just don't do it. If you want to play percussion, buy a djembe or something.
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Just don't do it. If you want to play percussion, buy a djembe or something.

Why? I haven't seen it do any damage to an acoustic.
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Why? I haven't seen it do any damage to an acoustic.


'tis not about damaging the guitar. That style of playing is like nails on a chalkboard.
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'tis not about damaging the guitar. That style of playing is like nails on a chalkboard.

Enjoy your opinion and piss off with it.
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#14
For years now, I've been slapping the upper end of the top bout, and the top end, in tempo mind you, as a percussion "break" in "Big Yellow Taxi" (Open E, full bars with hammer-ons, etc..).

The first time I did it was quite by instinct, but the folks like it, so I have repeated it as part of the song all these years.

Lately, I too have seen these videos of some of the folks mentioned in this thread, who are delving into an area of thumping and harmonics that is quite creative.

I've been exploring this style a bit on my own, and it is sorta, kinda tricky. I haven't got it "down" yet, but when I do......watch out!! (lol)

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