After two years of playing the violin and one year of cello I rushed on to my next instrument, the tapper.
It all started, as usual, with YouTube. It always starts with YouTube. Curse the YouTube.
I googled it and those Chapman Sticks are expensive. Way too expensive for just another toy. There are cheaper instruments available from Megatar, same principle, different implementation. But while I hesitated whether I could afford a toy at that price point the recession hit and the Swedish Krona dropped against the dollar. No Megatar either.
Then I ran into an personals ad about a cheap tapper from Krappy Guitars. It had already been sold, but Kevin offered to make me another one for the same price. After many e-mails and two months of waiting, I have my own tapper.
I managed the violin by myself, just picked it up, tuned it and after an hour the horrible noises formed into a horrible melody, no such luck with the tapper. After almost a week I still can’t play a single melody straight. I will learn this instrument from a proper book instead. I will be following Easy Touch-style Basics by DuPont and Topaz.
I have already completed the first exercise, gluing fret markers on the neck of the guitar so that I will find my way in later lessions.
www.stick.com – Chapman Stick
www.megatar.com – Mobius Megatar
www.krappyguitars.com – Krappy Guitars