Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

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Category: Touch guitar +/- double tapping

(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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Plays Guitar Like a Piano #2

It’s shocking & sad what little footage exists of “Dickie“ Phillips that shows his unorthodox method of playing the electric guitar.  Here is the only clip on YouTube that shows Phillips playing with Tex Williams & the Western Caravan — note how he places the guitar across his lap and

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Dave Bunker
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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 1958 clip from Jubilee USA, we learn that this modernistic musical machine took eight years to put together (with his father’s

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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 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 crossroads – came

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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 (Zero

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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 from 1979 that included an article about a new and somewhat radical 10-stringed electric instrument invented by Emmett Chapman called “The Stick.” Emmett Chapman in 1970 with prototype and

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