Investigate the intricacies of Elliott Sharp—a modern, boundary-pushing, percussive acoustic master.

Chops: Advanced
Theory: Intermediate
Lesson Overview:
• Explore the techniques used in percussive modern acoustic music.
• Learn how to expand your tapping technique.
• Develop a two-handed approach to rhythm. Click here to download a printable PDF of this lesson's notation.

How does a guitarist emulate the ringing polyrhythms of the Zambian kalumbu or Kalahari N!Laud (likely ancestors to the Brazilian berimbau) or the cascading atonal lines and crashing clusters of pianist Cecil Taylor?

As a 17-year-old science geek on a summer fellowship in 1968 as a scientist’s assistant, I found fulfillment with a late-night DJ gig on WRCT, the campus station. My ear gathered in much more than guitar music (though my just-acquired Hagström III was my main passion). I was trying to translate my limited chops into the creation of sounds not normally produced by a guitaristic approach, but still drawing on the instrument's unique character as a resonant body.

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