Steve Hackett called him “probably the most proficient tapper out there”: Watch underrated tapping genius Stanley Jordan apply his masterful technique to Stairway to Heaven – on two guitars at once

Stanley Jordan performs onstage, with two guitars
(Image credit: Randy Rhoads/YouTube)

When you think of tapping as a guitar technique, naturally, one guitarist comes to mind: Eddie Van Halen.

Though he wasn't the first guitarist to incorporate the technique into their playing, countless others set out to master tapping in the wake of Van Halen's hugely influential 1978 instrumental, Eruption. Though not exclusively, the tidal wave of tapping that emerged in that brief piece's wake tended to appear as an accoutrement to the solos found in rock songs of the big-hair, Soldano-friendly variety.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.

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