Everyone knows Eddie Van Halen didn’t invent two-handed tapping. He picked it up from Harvey Mandel, according to George Lynch. For that matter, Roy Smeck, Harry DeArmond, Jimmie Webster, George Van Eps, Barney Kessel and Emmett Chapman (inventor of the Chapman Stick) are just a few guitarists who employed the technique in the decades before Ed and others, like Stanley Jordan, came along.
Minarik is probably best known for their highly original guitar models like the Inferno, Lotus and Orchid. Though their custom models start at several thousand dollars, in recent years Minarik introduced the Studio X-Treme series models, which are stripped down to provide similar tone and performance for much more affordable prices.
As useful as sweep picking can be for playing an ascending or descending arpeggio over a single chord, developing the ability to seamlessly transition from one arpeggio shape to another within a lead phrase will greatly aid in one’s complete understanding and ultimate mastery of the technique.
Recently, while searching for something else far less interesting, I came across this 2011 video of Bob Culbertson playing the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" on the Chapman Stick. As always, I figured I'd send it your way.
Last night, the Rolling Stones took their Zip Code Tour to Nashville's massive LP Field. During the show, they were joined by country superstar Brad Paisley for a version of the band's country-fried classic, "Dead Flowers." Check it out!