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xx Guitar Tapping Origin
« Thread started on: Sep 8th, 2016, 2:57pm »

I've heard lots of debate about the originator of the guitar tapping technique. Some claim that Steve Hackett was the first to use it (at least in rock music). Are there any Hacketteers here that happen to know whether this is true or not?
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« Reply #1 on: Sep 9th, 2016, 12:31pm »

on Sep 8th, 2016, 2:57pm, rael1974 wrote:
I've heard lots of debate about the originator of the guitar tapping technique. Some claim that Steve Hackett was the first to use it (at least in rock music). Are there any Hacketteers here that happen to know whether this is true or not?


it's certainly had a long history in many fields of guitar music, and with no internet, I guess the technique was something of a closely (and easily) guarded secret by users. Hackett first used it in 1971, so it's not the first, maybe, but it is early. And while many cite Eddie Van Halan as a rock originator of it, he didn't do it till around 7 years after that.
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« Reply #2 on: Sep 9th, 2016, 12:46pm »

I think Hackett was one of the first of not the first. I remember that Rich Williams of Kansas also used the technique.
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« Reply #3 on: Sep 9th, 2016, 2:38pm »

Thanks for the clarification. I've been wondering about this question for quite a while.
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