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Used by Montreal acoustic genius Erik Mongrain to facilitate the virtuosic ‘lap-tapping’ techniques of Airtap!, an oldskool viral favourite (uploaded back in 2006: YouTube’s early days). Like playing piano, bass, & drums on the strings – all at the same time…
The intervallic structure matches the guitar’s ‘classic’ Gmaj shape (‘3-2-0-0-3-3’). Although 5 of the strings are altered, the changes are all small – I guess it requires a strong, even tension on either side for Erik’s barre-finger slappery to ring out crisp.
Harmony: Fmaj | 1-3-5-1-5-1
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The video that launched Erik to his (probably inevitable) acoustic guitar stardom came to the web via an exuberant performance on French-Canadian TV (Airtap!). You can also listen to the piece in 3D-realistic ‘binaural’ sound here (headphones required for full effect).
- Airtap! – Erik Mongrain (2006):
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- See my Tunings Megatable for further such nerdery: more numbers, intervallic relations, comparative methods, etc. And to any genuine vibratory scientists reading: please critique my DIY analysis!
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—Associated tunings: proximities of shape, concept, context, etc…
- Open F: lower, inverted Fmaj triad layout
- Flip Thirds (Maj): stacking up thirds from F
- Equilibrium: Erik Mongrain’s superlow tuning
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—Further learnings: sources, readings, lessons, other onward links…
- Erik Mongrain: his website, his tunings, and an interview (“nowadays I’m trying to go for higher tension tunings…sometimes I just fiddle with the tuners, and try to find a new arrangement…that feels right to the moment. There is more than one way to find new color!”)
- Lap-tapping: pick up the basics of the style in Mike Dawes’ Guitar World lesson (“instead of visualizing ‘box chord shapes it seemed more like six pianos in a row, in that each string was like its own keyboard…”)
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