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Erik Mongrain

Canadian New Age guitarist Erik Mongrain was born on April 12, 1980, in Montreal, and got his start as a musician on the streets of his hometown, where he developed a playing style he called "lap tapping" that involved tapping chords on the strings of his instrument while holding it flat in his lap. He appeared on Lynda Lemay's 2005 album Un Paradis Quelque Part and wrote two songs for it. In 2006, he went back to playing the guitar in a more conventional manner. He released his first album, Fates, on Prophase Music on June 26, 2007. His second album, Equilibrium, followed on October 28, 2008. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Equilibrium

1. A Ripple Effect

2. Alone In The Mist

3. Equilibrium

4. Muse

5. The Silent Fool

6. Pandora's Box

7. Maelstrom

8. Raindigger

9. Maelstrom

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Track List: Fates

1. Percusienfa

2. Fates

3. La Derniere Pluie

4. Fusions

5. Geometrie D'une Erreur

6. Mais Quand?

7. Air Tap!

8. Confusion #8

9. Interpretations

10. I Am Not

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He is a great axeman for the style. What we need now is a Percussive Style Eric Clapton... with a crazy true instrumental i s t band. Do It.
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Mongrain defined the air tap & percussive skills. I saw him live in '06. Equal to Hedges.

Mongrain was before Kaki. The movie was years later. French Canada is her connection to The Rain.
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milesperauer
This sounds a lottttt like a song called Airtap! https://www. y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = A 1 1 p 6 - 3 4 e k g
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Not a fan sounds ... well so so
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Tapping on strings is nothing new dude it's been goin on for years lol
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I am Jewish/Moroc c a n lineage and this sounds like the Ladino music that is so familiar to my ears.
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beautyofnatu r e . l g
Percusinefa is totally cool with the new sound of tapping on strings! Almost like a dulcimer. Will now seek out more of this artist...
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beautyofnatu r e . l g
Percusinefa is totally cool with the new sound of tapping on strings! Almost like a mandolin. Will now seek out more of this artist...


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beautyofnatu r e . l g
Totally cool with the new sound of tapping on strings! Almost like a mandolin. Will now seek out more of this artist...
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avocadolemon
Hmmm . . . Just for the record: Guitar performed on August Rush is American guitarist Kaki King, except for dueling guitars. Her hands are also used in close ups of the guitar parts.
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He has to be influenced by Michael Hedges. Great stuff; but let's not forget the pioneers of this!
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sheersinhand
this track totally sounds like something of the soundtrack to the movie 'the fountain'. did anyone else see that movie?
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Tapping the Perfect-Chor d s !
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spweld
Yes I like Michael Hedges. why don't Pandora play his music
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swizzman107
ashetter0 you are wrong he did not play anything in that movie http://en.wi k i p e d i a . o r g / w i k i / A u g u s t _ R u s h # M u s i c
Except for Dueling Guitars, all of August's guitar pieces were played by American guitarist-co m p o s e r Kaki King. King's hands are used in close-ups for August Rush.
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344471
OMG all guitar players have a respect for this dude! He is amazing! Definitely a skill only few have the patience to learn and even few can master it. I put myself out of those two categories wow this is pretty nice!
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You all know that's Erik playing all the guitar pieces in the movie August Rush, right?
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In the shadow ofPhil Keaggy
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efernon
Michael Hedges
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love it!!
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hammersmythe
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░ Awesome ░
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Sounds like the second coming of the late, great Micheal Hedges, who's sudden death in car crash was a great loss for music lovers.
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takg40
Very cool sound. If you like this you should also listen to Ewan Dobson. Search for Time2 and be amazed...
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maggot218
Wow. This guy is amazazing! If I could play like that I could die happy ;) lol
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I have played he same 5 songs on my old guitar for ages. It is such a rush to sit and listen to someone who does so much with 6 or 12 strings. I love it....
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344471
I know he is crazy good. Wish I could sound like him.
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slgreen59
It's exhilarating . reminds me of the scene in August Rush where he is just discovering what a guitar can do.
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nick3088
good stuff
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�� Bravo! Bravo! ����
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definitely an interesting play style, always keeps you guessing, great to write my essays along to, can imagine its fun to jam to,
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Incredible. A pioneer in New age music.
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Check out ewan dobson just seen him in Cleveland Ohio amazing finger picker bonus he is from Canada
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Erik Mongrain is amazing! If you listen to the entire Fates CD you'll understand!
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I don't enjoy this style as much.
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The song AirTap by Erik Mongrain is amazing!
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brandonmlemo n
I think I have to hate him :(
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Check out Sungha Jung! He plays amazing finger style guitar!
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Like August Rush! But better! This is great ^-^
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I was amazed by this style when I saw August Rush, but this man masters it, fantastic
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podface3
I love this man he soothes my soul lol
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kferguson71
Love your music!!!
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I play some guitar myself therefore. I've grown respect for real music, such as classical instruments, i really don't care for pop. And when i here Eriks air tap i just want to here it over and over, thank you so much of doing what you do
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Pretty Good. I just heard of this artist just today! Cool!
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Wow, your songs r beautiful, keep it up
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mark.till8
I, too, happened upon Erik in a Pandora shuffle....a n d yes, I, too, was and am mesmerized. I do like all the aforemention e d artists and listen to them regularly, however, Erik's music has struck a chord within me like no other. It is difficult to explain, but there is a depth and breath of soul within the compositions . The experience has a Mozart-esque (August Rush-esque) feeling, as if he were born with innate gift. The music transports to a deeper part of myself.
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mark.till8
I, too, happened upon Erik in a Pandora shuffle....a n d yes, I, too, was and am mesmerized. I do like all the aforemention e d artists and listen to them regularly, however, Erik's music has struck a chord within me like no other. It is difficult to explain, but there is a depth and breath of soul within the compositions . The experience has a Mozart-esque (August Rush-esque) feeling, as if he were born with innate gift. The music transports to a deeper part of myself.
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mobal
Love all of the fingerstyle players of today, Antoine Dufour, Andy Mckee, Erik Mongrain, the list continues to grow and I wish more people were exposed to their music and it's technical virtuosity.
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Derr, August Rush... several posts below..
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