Shred Guitar Lesson 07. Tapping With String Skipping

author: JacobReedShred date: 04/05/2013 category: guitar techniques
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Shred Guitar Lesson 07. Tapping With String Skipping
Hey guys. In this lesson I am going to teach you the sixth pattern within the key of E minor. We will look at tapping with string skipping involved, so be prepared for that. I am also going to look at combining both of our string skipping lesson techniques into one long example. So get warmed up and we'll get started. So, from our last lesson you should know what string skipping is. It is simply where you skip over a string. We looked at tapping in Lesson 04 and we covered string skipping with legato and alternate picking in Lesson 06, so if you need a refresher refer back to those lessons. Remember that tapping is an extension of the legato technique. First off, we are going to look at our sixth pattern of E minor to get a feel of where the notes are and to get the pattern underneath our fingers. Here it is: Ex. 1
e|-----------------------------------------10-12-14-14-12-10----------|
B|--------------------------------10-12-13-------------------13-12-10-|
G|------------------------9-11-12-------------------------------------|
D|----------------9-10-12---------------------------------------------|
A|--------9-10-12-----------------------------------------------------|
E|8-10-12-------------------------------------------------------------|

e|--------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------|
G|12-11-9-------------------------|
D|--------12-10-9-----------------|
A|----------------12-10-9---------|
E|------------------------12-10-8-|
Alright, there it is. Practice it with alternate picking to get it under your fingers then play it with legato for extra practice. Now we will look at a basic tapping/string skipping lick. The tabs will use notes from our next scale pattern, so look out for them. Remember to make the notes fluid and clear. Make sure that all the notes are even and the same volume when skipping a string. We're going to skip over the B-string. Here is the lick: Ex. 2
e|--------10h12h15p12p10-|
B|---------------T-------|
G|9h11h14----------------|
D|------T----------------|
A|-----------------------|
E|-----------------------|
That was very basic. Be careful of extra string noise when skipping over the B-string. Make sure your tapping is clear. Tapping is one of the most useful techniques to know in shred guitar and string skipping can make your playing interesting, more melodic, and it will open a lot more doors for you when it comes to playing whatever you want to. In our next example we are going to look at a tapping sequence that uses the pentatonic scale. Hopefully you know what it is, but if you don't know the pattern, here it is. It will obviously be in the key of E minor. Ex. 3
e|------------------------------12-15-15-12-------------------------------|
B|------------------------12-15-------------15-12-------------------------|
G|------------------12-14-------------------------14-12-------------------|
D|------------12-14-------------------------------------14-12-------------|
A|------12-14-------------------------------------------------14-12-------|
E|12-15-------------------------------------------------------------15-12-|
Ok, so there's your pattern. It is the most common scale in rock guitar. So, now we will play a tapping/string skipping sequence using this scale. Here is the sequence: Ex. 4
e|------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------12h14h19p14p12-------|
D|---------12h14h19p14p12-----------------------T-------19p14-|
A|-------T--------T-------19p14p12h14h19-----------------T----|
E|12h15h19-----------------T-----------T----------------------|
In the tab above the tap on the low E-string will be notated by a "T" above the 19th fret. Hopefully by now you are easily able to skip strings while tapping, but in the next exercise we are going to combine both of our string skipping techniques into a nice exercise that will hopefully test you on your coordination. We are going to skip a bunch of strings and we're even going to skip over two strings, so be fully prepared. We will also use a bunch of the scales we looked at so far. Even the pentatonic. Here is the exercise: Ex. 5
e|------------------------------------19p15p12-----------------------10-12-|
B|---------------------10h13h15p13p10--T-----------------------------------|
G|16p12-----------------------T----------------19p14p12s9h11---------------|
D|------16-14-12-11-14--------------------------T------------9-10-12-------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|14-17-15p14h20p17p14----------|
B|-------------T----------------|
G|---------------------19p16p12-|
D|----------------------T-------|
A|------------------------------|
E|------------------------------|
This exercise shouldn't give you too much trouble, but it is really fun to play. It also showcases your string skipping techniques nicely. In the next lesson we will look at the almighty sweep picking technique. We are finally going to tackle that huge obstacle. Be very familiar with economy picking from Lesson 05 in order to sort-of have a handle on the technique. We will not look at any scale patterns because we will only look at the basics of sweep picking from the 3-strings sweeps then build up to the giant 6-string sweeps. It will require a lot of work. I am also going to start a 3-part series called "Creative Shred Ideas" to help bring your creativity around. We will look at scales and arpeggios and other ideas. I hope you will get something from this lesson and expand your technique. Until the next lesson, see ya.
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