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Stanley Jordan

Stanley Jordan is a jazz/jazz fusion guitarist, best known for his development of the touch technique for playing guitar. He was born in Chicago on July 31, 1959.

The touch technique (or tapping technique) uses the hammering of a single fingle finger on the string at the frets to create vibrations in the string, rather than plucking or strumming with one hand while holding the strings at the frets with the other. Because only one finger of one hand is required to produce this sound, masters of the technique can play two or more parts simultaneously.

Jimmy Webster[?] is the earliest guitarist known to have used this technique seriously, but Jordan is regarded as the technique's only virtuoso, though there have been several guitarists to employ a similar method of playing, by using double-necked guitars


  • Magic Touch (1985)
  • Standards, Vol. 1 (1986)
  • Flying Home (1988)
  • Cornucopia (1990)
  • Stolen Moments (1991)
  • Bolero (1994)
  • The Best of Stanley Jordan (1995)
  • Stanley Jordan Live in New York

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