Lappin, Don: Tapped In


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In a professional career that started at a very young age in 1980, Don has performed with Michael Sweet, Jonathan Mover, Steve Hunt, Chad Wackerman, Joe Santerre, Guthrie Govan, his good friend Jon Finn at Berklee and many others. Don’s releases include his EP “Fine Lines”, “Don Lappin’s Two-Hand Technique-The Complete System” DVD set, and his first full album  release “Tapped In”, featuring Steve Hunt on Keys, Joe Santerre on Bass, and Chad Wackerman on Drums.

After a very brief intro flourish, the title track hits you in the face, a potent and technical display of incredible composing and chops over a neo-classical theme. After that, we are treated to several other barnburners and ballads which all have one thing in common, superb fluid technique whether tapped, legato or picked, technique in spades BUT, more importantly a tome of wonderfully diverse compositions which of course is the true measuring stick of any instrumental guitar opus. Don has succeeded magnificently.

Although there is a lot of use of tapping and legato techniques throughout, the first player that comes to mind when listenening to Don is Steve Morse, something in the phrasing and attack. Compositionally and tonally there are nods to Eric Johnson and Brett Garsed, yes the album is that good.

At the end of the day, an instrumental album is only as good as its ability to sing, and sing this does, Don’s amazing grasp of different techniques make the ride an enjoyable one indeed, highly recommended.

Rating:  4.5/5

Track Listing:

1. Intro 00:47

2. Lappin It Up 05:55

3. Captain’s Lady 06:46

4. Past & Present 06:45

5. Drivin 04:41

6. A Song For Robert 09:28

7. West Tide 05:15

8. Weathering The Storm 06:54

9. Forward I March 07:02

 

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