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I thought this particular question has came up a fair few times online, that's why I decided to post it. This of course should light up a balanced discussion on the topic. 

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I thought this particular question has came up a fair few times online, that's why I decided to post it. This of course should light up a balanced discussion on the topic. 

There was a few players where you can clearly see tapping techniques used.  Check Roy Smeck   “The Wizard of the Strings”, performing in Club House Party in 1932.  

Your right it has been surfaced a few times. I know that Eddie Van Halen didn't invent it, what he did though was expand on something that was already there and was the best at it. 

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Well there's been a lot of discussion that Steve Hackett was tapping long before Eddie Van Halen. I think it's fair to say nothing though like the King. 

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10 minutes ago, Karl said:

Well there's been a lot of discussion that Steve Hackett was tapping long before Eddie Van Halen. I think it's fair to say nothing though like the King. 

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Yes I've heard this, f you read the music radar interview with Steve he goes well into it. Heres a snip

Q. Before we get into some of the new songs, let's address the matter of finger tapping. Eddie Van Halen does credit you as having done it first. Have the two of you ever talked about it?

A "Eddie and I have never spoken about it, but yes, he has credited me with tapping. When you see old films of Genesis from 1971 on, you can see me using the technique. It's there on many recordings, as well. Eddie is a fine player, of course, and he's the one who named the technique.
 
The important thing is that you play as fast as you'd like, but you do it all on one string - and you have to use a finger from your picking hand instead of the pick."

https://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/steve-hackett-how-i-invented-finger-tapping-542029

 

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15 minutes ago, Karl said:

Well there's been a lot of discussion that Steve Hackett was tapping long before Eddie Van Halen. I think it's fair to say nothing though like the King. 

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Here's Hackett but I think its way off, perhaps even a hackett job 😂

Genesis: Live 1973 - First time in HD with Enhanced Soundtrack

 

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I think it needs to be said that no one extensifies tapping at the level that EVH did it. The sheer imagination and creativity is second to none. 

Straight from Wiki

Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840) used similar techniques on the violin, striking the string with a bouncing bow articulated by left-hand pizzicato.

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There was a few players where you can clearly see tapping techniques used. 

Check Roy Smeck

 

“The Wizard of the Strings”, performing in Club House Party in 1932.

 

 

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Eric Hahn claims that he was watching Harvey Mandel do tapping away early 60s from Canned Heat. What's also interesting is that 

Also according to George Lynch 

According to George Lynch, guitarist for Dokken and later Lynch Mob (not to mention a tapping expert) he witnessed Mandel employing a tapping technique at a Canned Heat show at the Starwood, a popular West Hollywood club, in the Seventies. Lynch wasn't alone that night. He was accompanied by a friend and fellow guitarist who would go on to redefine tapping and bring the technique to the mainstream. His name was Edward Van Halen.

Can someone verify this? 

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Yes check this out

Rocket: Is it true you started two hand tapping before Eddie Van Halen did?

George: No. We both witnessed Harvey Mandel from Canned Heat do a neo classic tapping thing at a club called the starwood in Hollywood back in the 70’s. Other people were doing it to a limited extent, Brian May from Queen dabbled… George Van Eps was doing it in the 50’s.

http://themetalden.com/metal-news-source-tmd-newsthe-uk-metal-act-has-revealed-the-following-details-on-the-event/

 

 

 

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16 minutes ago, Atomic Punk said:

Eric Hahn claims that he was watching Harvey Mandel do tapping away early 60s from Canned Heat. What's also interesting is that 

Also according to George Lynch 

According to George Lynch, guitarist for Dokken and later Lynch Mob (not to mention a tapping expert) he witnessed Mandel employing a tapping technique at a Canned Heat show at the Starwood, a popular West Hollywood club, in the Seventies. Lynch wasn't alone that night. He was accompanied by a friend and fellow guitarist who would go on to redefine tapping and bring the technique to the mainstream. His name was Edward Van Halen.

Can someone verify this? 

 

Ritchie Blackmore said he saw Harvey Mandel doing Tapping back in 1969. Larry Carlton does 1 tapped note in the Kid Charlemange solo from 1976. What Eddie Van Halen did or didn't invent isn't important. Eddie Van Halen is regarded as the greatest guitar player of all time.

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30 minutes ago, Diamond Den said:

Ritchie Blackmore said he saw Harvey Mandel doing Tapping back in 1969. Larry Carlton does 1 tapped note in the Kid Charlemange solo from 1976. What Eddie Van Halen did or didn't invent isn't important. Eddie Van Halen is regarded as the greatest guitar player of all time.

Have to agree with you Diamond Den. 

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He didn't invent tapping, I think the ideology came from classical musicians, the methodology was used centuries ago and then moved across eventually to the classical guitar. Much later it was also added within jazz styles.. 

Eddie found it and then owned it and prefected it to a point like no other. 

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22 hours ago, FarmHouse said:

He didn't invent tapping, I think the ideology came from classical musicians, the methodology was used centuries ago and then moved across eventually to the classical guitar. Much later it was also added within jazz styles.. 

Eddie found it and then owned it and prefected it to a point like no other. 

Classical music influenced styles of playing and even genres. 

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You can't miss out on Vittorio Camardese 

An amateur Italian guitarist named Vittorio Camardese Two Handed Tapping, in 1965!! A doctor radiologist working full time at the San Filippo hospital in Rome. He says, in the footage, that he had to get a special permission from work and that the guitar was lent from someone to him for the show. The program is an old RAI show, based on music and guitar.

 

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It's not so much what he didn't do but more the fact what he did do with the technique, all the players at the time who claimed they were tapping before Ed.. never made it and Ed became a superstar.

 

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Steve lynch started tapping. Not Eddie. Steve actually wrote THE book on it in 1977 when he was graduating from the  Guitar institute of technology.

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1 minute ago, Bolo said:

 

Steve lynch started tapping. Not Eddie. Steve actually wrote THE book on it in 1977 when he was graduating from the  Guitar institute of technology.

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He didn't start tapping and neither did eddie, the style was incorporated from classical guitar players and early jazz guitarists.

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2 minutes ago, Party Animal said:

The first person to tap on a record was Steve Hackett on a song called Return of the Giant Hogweed in 1971 while he was in Genesis.

 

Yeah check the introduction you're right only that he did it before eddie.

 

 

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