Tapping ll

author: shmeegle date: 09/23/2004 category: guitar techniques
rating: 8.3 / votes: 15 
Alright. Before we start lets get one thing clear. Basic right hand tapping is not as difficult as you might think. I know it sounds intimidating but really there is nothin to it. However, some of the more advanced techniques are quite Demanding. What is tapping? First off, I spose I should mention that the letter T above he tab means you tap that note. Fret Tapping (also called tapping, right hand tapping) is an extension ofyour standard hammer on/ pull off technique. You should be able to do both these before you start. To execute the tap, you have to strike the string with one of your right hand fingers. (the middle finger is the most conveniant as it allows you to keep hold of your pick. You have to strike the string in a downward action. The striking of the string sounds the note while the downward movement makes for the pull off. Just like a left handed pull off ( I hope I explained that good). Basic Tapping. Tapping in its most basic form, involves two notes. the tap, and the note that is simply fretted. It is a different type of trill(a trill is a variation of hammer on and pull off, played rapidly,.. or whatever).
       T
B/--12p5--/
Obviously, with the 5th fret fretted, you wouldn't be able to fret the 12th with any finger of your fretting hand. Thats where the picking hand comes in. Try this little excersise:
       T    T   T    T    T    T   T    T
B/--12p5-10p5-9p5-10p5-12p7-10p7-9p7-10p7-/
This should get you used to moving both your tapping finger and your fretting finger along the fretboard while tapping. Basic tapping 2. This is like the last excesise only with a third finger added into the equation. This Tapping excersise demands timing. If you tap or pull off at the wrong time it'll probably sound wrong. When you sound the pull off from the tapped note is when you should pull off the fretting finger. The timing on each note should be around the same:
       T      T     T      T
B/--12p7p5-10p7p5-9p7p5-10p7p5--/
Again, moving the tapping finger along the fretboard can be very helpful when writing a big tapping solo. Another tapping technique, which is quite similar to the one above is tapping to an open string then hammering on a note:
       T      T      T      T
B/--12p0h5-12p0h7-12p0h8-12p0h7--/
Basic tapping 3. Same as the last excersise only a fourth finger is added. This excersise makes you sound like your playing real fast.
       T        T
B/--12p8p7p5-12p8p7p5--/
Advanced Tapping. Heres where things get. To make tapping sound more fluent and smooth, it helps to get a pattern going where you're not just descending notes. This excersise involves ascending, then descending.
      T            T
B/--5h7h8h12p8p7p5h7h8h12p8p7p5--/
For this excersise, the first note has to be picked. this is where tapping with your middle finger comes in handy. It allows for quick switching between picking and tapping. Your hammer ons and pull offs have to be smooth for this excersise to sound right. Advanced Tapping 2. This excersise isn't all that advanced really so I'm not quite sure why its here but... This involves tapping a note twice before pulling off.
          T T         T T
B/--12-12p8p7p5-12-12p8p7p5--/
Pretty easy really. Advanced Tapping 3. Scales can also be tapped out. For example this is a minor pentatonic scale
       T         T        T         T         T        T
E/--12p8p5-------------------------------------------------/
B/------------12p8p5---------------------------------------/
G/---------------------12p7p5------------------------------/
D/-------------------------------12p7p5--------------------/
A/-----------------------------------------12p7p5----------/
E/--------------------------------------------------12p8p5-/
This also demonstrates how tapping can be done on any string. Advanced Tapping 4. Heres where it gets crazy. If your a total tech head like myself, who wants to be able to play anything, as fast is humanly(or inhumanly) possible. Heres where its at. 8 finger Tapping. The God himself (thats Steve Vai in case you were wondering) uses this alot. This is where all the fingers of your picking hand are used to tap out notes. Usually they are each assigned to a different string. This is a tapping part to one of steves songs (its not perfect though, I figured it out myself, still a small bit rough).
"Down Deep Into The Pain:"
               T                 T
E/-----------------------------------
B/--7h9h10h15p10p9p7-----------------
G/----------------------------14p9p8-
                 T              T
E/----------------------------------
B/--7h9h10h15p10p9p7----------------
G/---------------------------14p9p8-
                 T                         T
E/----------------------------7h9h10h17p10p9p7-
B/--7h9h10h15p10p9p7---------------------------
G/---------------------------------------------
       T                 T                       T  T         
E/-------------------------------------------------------
B/--15p10p9p7h9h10h15p10p9p7-----------------------------
G/-----------------------------------------14-14p9p8h9p8-
What I do for this is tap the G and B strings with my middle finger, and the E string with my ring finger. If ya wanna see some of this evil tapping, check out Vai's Alien lov secrets DvD. (Bad horsie has the coolest tapping solo ever). Well, I guess that just about wraps it up. Dont worry if ya dont get it first go, just keep practising. Thats all it is. What helps is to do these excersises slowly first, then build up speed as you get better. Well, best of luck. I hope it brings you many happy hours of relentless shredding.
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