Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

Category: Double tapping +/- touch guitar

"Tulsa Trot"
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(Son of) Plays Guitar Like a Piano

I finally got around to learning how to convert VHS into DVD so that I could preserve a rare piece of Ameri-music-ana:  a live performance of “Tulsa Trot” by noted western swing outfit, Tex Williams and His Western Caravan, that offers a second startling peek at the unorthodox technique of

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"The Talking Boogie"
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Plays Guitar Like a Piano #2

It is shocking and sad what little footage exists of James Richard “Dickie“ Phillips that shows his unorthodox method of playing the electric guitar.  Here is the *only clip on YouTube that shows Dickie Phillips playing with Tex Williams And His Western Caravan — note how he places the guitar

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Dave Bunker
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Dave Bunker’s Futuristic 50s “Touch Guitar”

Wait a dagblasted second!   How come I never heard of Dave Bunker or stumbled across his radical 1950s “Duo-Lectar” in all my musical readings until just now? On this clip from TV’s Ozark Jubilee we learn that this modernistic musical machine took eight years to put together (with his father’s

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"Thunderfoote"
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Hedges & Jordan Planted a Seed

The radical “double-tapping” guitar style pioneered by Michael Hedges and Stanley Jordan was a phenomenon I got to witness firsthand when Michael Avraham HaLevy, a former musical sparring partner of mine, went away to Boston’s Berklee School of Music and – like Robert Johnson and his famous pact at the

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"Aerial Boundaries"
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Hedges & Jordan: Two-Handed Tappers

The most radical thing about Emmett Chapman‘s Stick is that it requires you play the neck of a guitar like a piano, with each hand playing an independent part and the fingers tapping the strings in a keyboard-like fashion.  As Alphonso Johnson stated in that 1979 Rolling Stone piece, “Most

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"Elephant Talk"
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Alphonso Johnson + The Emmett Chapman Stick

I was having a rare meal out alone and needed something to read, so I purchased a Rolling Stone back issue (September 6, 1979 edition – mostly likely at Joe’s Record Paradise) that included Michael Barackman‘s article about a new and somewhat radical 10-stringed electric instrument invented by Emmett Chapman

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