Improving Your Tapping With Sequences

author: daniel.kPL date: 12/10/2013 category: guitar techniques
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Improving Your Tapping With Sequences
Hello, Daniel Kaczmarczyk here! In this lesson I'd like to present you my idea of tapping various arpeggio sequences, to increase your tapping vocabulary. Lots of my students, and guitar playing friends at some point in their guitar playing found themselves tapping the same sequences over and over. There is a simple idea that I've came out months ago and I want to share it with you. Let's start with a conventional tapping lick, a A minor arpeggio in 16-note triplets. It looks like this:
   |--T--| |--T--| |--T--|  
E|-12-5-8---12-5-8--12-5-8-|
B|-------------------------|
G|-------------------------|
D|-------------------------|
A|-------------------------|
E|-------------------------|
etc... (all the notes are obviously tapped) Now, let's assign intervallic symbols to every note in that arp. So, A would be "1", C would be "b3" and E would be "5". Looking at our lick this way, we've been tapping a 5-1-b3 sequence. Let's check which possible combinations we can have. In cases, where "5" isn't the first note in the sequence, you will have to do a "silent pull-off" with your first finger from the 12th fret to sound the first note. Easy as building a shelter in minecraft, using only dirt blocks. 1. 1-b3-5 (A-C-E)
   |--T--| |--T--| |--T--|  
E|-5-8-12---5-8-12--5-8-12-|
B|-------------------------|
G|-------------------------|
D|-------------------------|
A|-------------------------|
E|-------------------------|
etc... 2. 1-5-b3 (A-E-C)
   |--T--| |--T--| |--T--|  
E|-5-12-8--5-12-8--5-12-8--|
B|-------------------------|
G|-------------------------|
D|-------------------------|
A|-------------------------|
E|-------------------------|
3. b3-1-5 (C-A-E)
   |--T--| |--T--| |--T--|  
E|-8-5-12--8-5-12--8-5-12--|
B|-------------------------|
G|-------------------------|
D|-------------------------|
A|-------------------------|
E|-------------------------|
etc... 4. b3-5-1 (C-E-A)
   |--T--| |--T--| |--T--|  
E|-8-12-5--8-12-5--8-12-5--|
B|-------------------------|
G|-------------------------|
D|-------------------------|
A|-------------------------|
E|-------------------------|
etc... 5. 5-1-b3 (E-A-C)
   |--T--| |--T--| |--T--|  
E|-12-5-8--12-5-8--12-5-8--|
B|-------------------------|
G|-------------------------|
D|-------------------------|
A|-------------------------|
E|-------------------------|
etc... 6. 5-b3-1 (E-C-A)
   |--T--| |--T--| |--T--|  
E|-12-8-5--12-8-5--12-8-5--|
B|-------------------------|
G|-------------------------|
D|-------------------------|
A|-------------------------|
E|-------------------------|
etc... Try this approach on every 3-note arpeggio that you use, in every key and in every position! Figure out some fancy licks using this technique. If you are having problems with figuring out "what to tap", start with easy chord progressions, like this: (remember, that all notes are 16-note triplets).
     A minor                             E minor                                
E |--12-8--5--12-8--5--12-8--5--12-8--5----------------------------------------|
B |--------------------------------------12-8--5--12-8--5--12-8--5--12-8--5----|
G |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|

  D minor                             G major                                    
----------------------------------------------------------------------------|----
----------------------------------------------------------------------------|----
--14-10-7--14-10-7--14-10-7--14-10-7----------------------------------------|-14-
--------------------------------------12-9--5--12-9--5--12-9--5--12-9--5----|----
----------------------------------------------------------------------------|----
----------------------------------------------------------------------------|----
Then, re-assign the sequences to make it a little more interesting, like this: (There is a "*" where the change took place, pay attention to the D minor and G maj arpeggios, practice them very slowly, almoust everything there is played differently).
     A minor                             E minor                                
                                *  *  *                             *  *  *     
E |--12-8--5--12-8--5--12-8--5--8--5--12---------------------------------------|
B |--------------------------------------12-8--5--12-8--5--12-8--5--8--5--12---|
G |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|

  D minor                             G major                                    
  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *          *  *   *  *  *  *  *  *  *         
----------------------------------------------------------------------------|----
----------------------------------------------------------------------------|----
--7--10-14-7--10-14-10-7--14-10-7--14---------------------------------------|14--
--------------------------------------12-9--5--9--5--12-5--9--12-5--9--12---|----
----------------------------------------------------------------------------|----
----------------------------------------------------------------------------|----
Obviously, you don't have to limit yourself to only arps tapped in triplets, you can work on examples in 16-notes also, which I recommend. Work hard, practice patiently and finally... Enjoy the results! Thank you for reading, and as always - like my Facebook page!
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