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Protocol opens up more kidney transplants

LOS ANGELES, July 16 (UPI) -- A new therapy improves transplant rates and outcomes for patients waiting for kidney transplants, said Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

US builds ties with Romania through jazz

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Of the many things for which president George W. Bush has become famous -- his penchant for cowboy hats, his love of Texas, his plainspoken style -- an apprecia
EMMANUEL EVITA, UPI Correspondent

Rocker starts jazz imprint

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Veteran rock guitarist Steve Vai has added a jazz label to his musical endeavors.

Musicians' emergency fund faces challenges

In Greek mythology, Atlas was the man condemned to carry the world on his back. To many aging jazz musicians, and some younger in age who find themselves in a b
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

When Asleep at the Wheel played a sold-out show recently in Bakersfield, Calif., at the Crystal Palace, the legendary Buck Owens presented Wheel leader/guitarist Ray Benson with one of his custom-made "Buck Owens" metal-flake red, white and blue collector
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Country Music News

Lari White born in Dunedin, Fla., 1965. Bob Wills dies at age 70, 1975.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Mel Lewis was born this day in 1929 in Buffalo, N.Y. The late drummer was co-founder of the original Thad Jones-Lewis Orchestra, which in 1966 started the Monday night "off night" big band tradition that still thrives in many jazz clubs in New York and be
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Pianist Marian McPartland was born in England this day in 1918. In addition to performing regularly on the jazz circuit, McPartland has distinguished herself as a broadcaster.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Drummer Tubby Hall was born in Sellers, La., this day in 1895. He played with a number of early jazz bands in New Orleans before moving to Chicago in 1920 to join a band led by the legendary cornet player King Oliver.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Pianist Hank Jones, oldest musical brother in one of the foremost families in jazz, was born this day in 1918 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The other brothers in the Jones triumvirate are drummer Elvin and the late trumpeter Thad Jones.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Today is March 24. Boogie-woogie piano master Pete Johnson was born this day in 1904 in Kansas City. He worked regularly in boogie-woogie trios and duos with Albert Ammons and Meade Lux Lewis.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Today is March 23. Composer and pianist Johnny Guarnieri was born in New York this day in 1917. Guarnieri was the first player to use the harpsichord in jazz.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Today is March 22. The father of modern jazz guitar was born this day in 1919 in Dallas, Texas. Charlie Christian's recording career lasted only three years, but what an impact he had on later generations.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

(March 21) Today's birthdays include Rose Stone, keyboardist with Sly and the Family Stone, who was born in 1945 (age 57); Roger Hodgson, formerly with Supertramp, in 1950 (age 52); Stylistics lead singer Russell Thompkins Jr. in 1951 (age 51); KC and
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Today is March 19. Pianist and composer Lennie Tristano was born in Chicago this day in 1919. As a conceptualist and a player, he had a major influence on the development of modern jazz piano.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International
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Stanley Jordan (July 31, 1959) is an American jazz/jazz fusion guitarist, best known for his development of the touch technique for playing guitar. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, and he received a BA in digital music composition from Princeton University in 1981, studying under computer-music luminaries Paul Lansky and Milton Babbitt.

Normally, a guitarist must use two hands to play each note. One hand presses down a guitar string behind a chosen fret to prepare the note, and the other hand either plucks or strums the string to play that note. Jordan's touch technique is an advanced form of two-handed tapping. The guitarist produces a note using only one finger by quickly tapping (or hammering) his finger down behind the appropriate fret. The force of impact causes the string to vibrate enough to immediately sound the note, and Jordan executes tapping with both hands, and with more legato than is normally associated with guitar tapping. The note's volume can be controlled by varying the force of impact: tapping with greater force produces a louder note.

A helpful analogy to visualize this technique is the distinction between a harpsichord and a piano. A harpsichord produces sound by plucking its strings, and a piano produces sound by striking its strings with tiny hammers. However, while notes produced on a harpsichord or piano sustain after the hammer has struck or the pick has plucked, fingers must remain on a tapped note in order for the sound to continue. This similarity is what led Jordan to attempt such a technique in the first place; he was a classically trained pianist before playing guitar and wanted greater freedom in voicing chords on his guitar.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Stanley Jordan."
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