Mid 60s Italian tapping

Though Eddie Van Halen’s supersonic stylings certainly popularized the technique, it’s widely known that that the likes of Steve Hackett, Frank Zappa, and even Billy Gibbons dabbled with fretboard tapping years earlier. But check out this clip from 1965: In a move that prefigures Eddie’s “Spanish Fly” by 14 years, Italian guitarist Vittorio Camardese displays tapping fireworks on a nylon string guitar. Shredding starts at 1:30.

Hot tip from friend of Pointy, Beau Bledsoe.


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