Scott Fernandez's 12-string bass seems like it has more in common with a Chapman Stick
or the sound of a clavichord
than it does with the lute family from which guitars and pizzicato-style basses ostensibly trace their heritage. FWIW I'm starting to find the whole' tap-a-tap' bit is getting kinda old
. It's fine as an accent point in a solo - if it fits within the context of the larger piece. (Think parts of Eddie Van Halen's solo in Panama
or Somebody Get Me a Doctor
for examples of where it does
fit.) But a whole song (or show) worth of it? No thanks! It might have been real "rad" at one point. (Like maybe back in the early
80s?) But it's been so overdone after all this time that my ears switch off if neck-tapping goes on too long. And it doesn't matter how "good" it is. I'm tired of it. And I'm not alone.
Note: about the Chapman Stick and neck tapping in general
Maybe it's just me, but I'm always amazed at how people go ga-ga over a mediocre performance of something on an instrument clearly not designed to do what's being asked of it. To me, it's like the proverbial "singing dog" at a Carnival sideshow. People lay their money down to see it. And they applaud the performance...but...I can't help wondering if they're applauding because they actually liked what they heard...or they were just amazed that a dog could 'sing' anything at all?
Kinda like some of these parent-proclaimed "child prodigies" who play a musical instrument. They don't really play all that
well. But they do play extremely well for a 5-year old.
IMHO there are far
better instruments to play most
of what gets played by neck-tapping a guitar or bass. Keyboards, tuned percussion, and harps come most readily to mind.
So can we skip fixating on the party tricks so much and possibly get back to making some fine music again?
Dunno...maybe it's just me...but