Tasty Guitar Routines 5

author: _Doggy_ date: 01/17/2013 category: guitar techniques
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Tasty Guitar Routines 5
Hello everybody! It's been a while huh? Now it's time to practice some Tapping! Yay! I tried to cover a wide range of Tapping possibilities and even recorded some audio files for you to check out in case you're not sure about a particular exercise. Always remember to stretch and warm up (look for Tasty Guitar Routines #1) before doing the following exercises. Let's get this party started! Important: While practicing Tapping, make sure you're not just "letting go" of the note with the plucking hand (slightly release it away from you) because that will give you the "pluck". Also, start at a slow and comfortable tempo (30 - 50 bpm doing sixteenth notes) and slowly (yes, very slowly) start to speed up the whole routine. It's important in many of these exercises to maintain a constant speed (and in every other exercise you do). The audio files are on my profile _Doggy_, mp3 section. Just select the one you want by track or album (Tasty Guitar Routines 5) and BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE! Notation L = Left Hand (Fretting Hand) R = Right Hand (Plucking Hand) T = Tap h = Hammer On p = Pull Off / = Slide Simile - Repeat the same pattern

LESSON 5: TAPPING

I've divided the whole routine in the different ways you can approach Tapping: One and Multiple String Lines, Patters, Independent Lines and a somewhat special exercise. The fist approach is the classic way of tapping; creating an arpeggio with the left and right hands. While we're using 1 finger in the plucking hand and 2 in the fretting hand we can build some basic patterns: 3 (plucking hand) 2 & 1 (fretting hand), 3-1-2 and 3-1-2-1.

Fig. 1: One String Lines (3-2-1, 3-1-2, and 3-1-2-3-2-1 patterns)

(Repeat on each string)
    T        T        T        T        T        T        T        T         
E|--19p15h12-19p15h12-19p12h15-19p12h15-19p12h15-19p15h12-19p12h15-19p15h12-|
B|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
(Sounds familiar? This is the first arpeggio in Metallica's "One" solo. This is a Em chord) Now let's go for the 3-1-2-1 pattern. I'll add a little flavor moving the fretting hand finger a little bit.

Fig. 2: One String Lines (3-1-2-1 pattern, one moving hand)

(Repeat on each string)
    T           T           T           T             
E|--19p12h15p12-18p12h15p12-19p12h15p12-20p12h15p12--|
B|---------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------|
Now let's move both hands!

Fig. 3: One String Lines (3-1-2-1 pattern, two moving hands)

(Repeat on each string)
    T           T           T           T             
E|--19p12h15p12-19p12h15p12-20p11h14p11-20p11h14p11--|
B|---------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------|
Now, let's go for some 4 finger tapping! (1 on the plucking hand, 3 on the fretting hand)

Fig. 4: One String Lines (4-3-2-1-2-3 pattern)

(Repeat on each string)
    T                 T                   
E|--19p15p14p12h14h15-19p15p14p12h14h15--|
B|---------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------|
I guess that will cover the One String Lines. If you want to keep adding more and more awesomeness to the Tapping patterns, you could even use 4 fingers on the fretting hand and 2 or 3 (if you're up for challenge) on the plucking hand. You can even slide or bend different notes. Hmmm, what if I want an arpeggio to extend through a lot of strings? That's what I would call...

Fig. 5: Multiple String Lines

(This is a Bm arpeggio spread out through 3 strings. This is extracted from Guthrie Govan - Professor Shred #3 video on YouTube. Feel free to check out this amazing man)
    L L  R  L L  R  L L  R  L  L R  L  L R  L  L   
    T    T  T    T  T    T       T       T         
E|------------------7h10h14p10p7------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------|
D|----------9h12h16--------------16p12p9----------|
A|------------------------------------------------|
E|--7h10h14------------------------------14p10p7--|
Experiment with Major, Diminished and Augmented chords. Guthrie also uses 4 fingers (creating m7, M7 chords, etc...) to give extra "gourmet" taste :) And now we want to move across multiple strings while varying arpeggios? The following is one of the infinite shapes you can achieve.

Fig. 6: Multiple String Lines 2


    L L R  L L L L L L  R  L  L L  L  L L  R  L  L L  L  L  L  R  L  L  L  L 
    T   T          T    T             T    T             T     T             
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------12h14h17p14p12h14/17-|
D|----------------------------------9h12h14p12p9h12/14----------------------|
A|----------------7h10h12p10p7h10/12----------------------------------------|
E|5h8h12p8p5h8/10-----------------------------------------------------------|
Continued...
    L  L  R  L  L  L  L  L    
    T     T              T    
E|-----------------------17--|
B|--15h17h20p17p15h17/20-----|
G|---------------------------|
D|---------------------------|
A|---------------------------|
E|---------------------------|
Wow! Cool one right? The next kind of Tapping involves creating patterns that you can repeat. This first example is the Tapping intro for "Sequoia Throne" by Protest The Hero:

Fig. 7: Patterns ("Sequoia Throne" Tapping Intro)


    L  R  R  L  R  R  L  R  L  R  L  R  L  R  L  R    
    T  simile                                         
E|-----------------------17--------------------------|
B|-----17----15-17----15----15----15-17-------14-17--|
G|--------16-------16----------16-------12-15--------|
D|--14-----------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------|
Continued...
    L  R  R  L  R  R  L  R  L  R  L  R  L  R  L  R  L    
    T  simile                                            
E|-----------------------17-------------15-17-15----15--|
B|-----17----15-17----15----15----15-17----------17-----|
G|--------16-------16----------16-----------------------|
D|--14--------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------|
You can create even more complex patterns in different time signatures. The following is the Tapping intro for "Behaving Badly" by Animals As Leaders:

Fig. 8: Patterns ("Behaving Badly" Tapping Intro)

(This would be a Bm11 chord. The time signature for this particular pattern is 7/8)
    L R  L  L  R  L  R    
    T simile              
E|-----------------------|
B|----------------10-17--|
G|----16----11-18--------|
D|--9----12--------------|
A|-----------------------|
E|-----------------------|
I think the real challenge lies in repeating this pattern flawlessly. Since it is an odd time signature it's always a little tricky. For more "pattern" like tapping I recommend "Midnight" and "Day At The Beach" by Joe Satriani. They're beautiful to hear and a crazy ass exercise to Tap. Animals As Leaders also has plenty of tapping craziness.

Independent Lines

Ok, since tabs don't provide a clear way to represent note values like Quarters, Eights and so on, I recorded a little audio file for the Independent Lines. The fretting hand is playing the bass and the plucking hand the melody. Extreme experimental guitarists (or however you want to call them) like Preston Reed, Michael Hedges, Andy McKee use this kind of Tapping a lot. For a different approach you have Stanley Jordan (check his "Autumn Leaves" version... superb!) Recognize this one? Enver Izmaylov. Go see him right now! And to close this super Tapping chapter, I'd like to add a nice little cool awesome effect you can achieve with harmonics too. This are the first lines of the intro for "Malignant Carbunicle" by Bumblefoot. He is a beast. X = Tap slightly with the fretting hand to mute all the strings. + = Natural Harmonic. In this tab, you will pull off with the plucking hand while resting the fretting hand in the correct fret. As you pull off you will have a natural harmonic.

Fig. 9: Nice Little Cool Awesome Effect


    R  R  L L L R  R  L L L R  R L  L L R  R  L L L  
    T  T  +                                          
E|--15-17p5-X-X-15-17p5-X-X-------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------15-17p5-X-X-|
G|--------------------------12-14p5-X-X-------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------|
As you can see, only your imagination is the limit! (cof cof cliche). The possibilities are endless, so it's up to your creativity to come up with awesome stuff. It's time to go now guys and girls. I tried to build this whole routine as musically as possible (no better practice that playing something you actually like). Have fun, practice, explore, experiment. Enjoy! See you in the last tasty routine... Slap & Pop!
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