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tappin' didn't start in the '80s:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pSVZP4DRPI

That's actually how I first learned how to play a harmonic - touch the string 12 frets up from the fretted note and pluck with your thumbnail of your right hand as you pull away. Some late '70s Guitar Player article or something had that technique in it - probably the late Tommy Tedesco or somebody like that.

George Van Epps and Jimmie Webster were also doing the "true" tapping (a la '70s EVH) in the 50s. Of course, those guys were the "Van Halens" of their day, I guess.

Merle T. was cool...

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Travis with his son, Thom Bresh:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-ZZtS0ApdY

Too cool!!! There were better technical players than ol' Merle, but none with more style!!

I saw Bresh in concert once; he was great, told this story:

He and Travis were walking around after Travis' set at a festival. A wide-eyed youth approached Merle and after meeting the great one, breathlessly asked what kind of strings he used.

A shocked Travis said, "Why son, I use gee-tar strings!"

Bresh said Travis later asked why someone would ask him such and thing, and Bresh ventured that perhaps the young man was interested in brand and gauge.

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tappin' didn't start in the '80s:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pSVZP4DRPI

That's actually how I first learned how to play a harmonic - touch the string 12 frets up from the fretted note and pluck with your thumbnail of your right hand as you pull away. Some late '70s Guitar Player article or something had that technique in it - probably the late Tommy Tedesco or somebody like that.

George Van Epps and Jimmie Webster were also doing the "true" tapping (a la '70s EVH) in the 50s. Of course, those guys were the "Van Halens" of their day, I guess.

Merle T. was cool...

Not much new under the sun, eh? That's one thing I always liked about guitar players -- always looking for a new angle --Link Wray punching holes in speakers and Paul Burlison pulling a tube halfway out of the socket for distortion. Les Paul and echo. Tremolos, Univibes................by golly, I love it!

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The internet and youtube is remarkable...

This is a talent show at the Ohio State Fair in 1968 that I was in the front row for...

whew.........!!!!!

It is hell getting older...

Yes, that is Larry Graham... Flea and a lot of other bass players should thank him for starting slap....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrt2RAnOyBo

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