#1
Does tapping necessitate using the thumb-middle finger grip for the pick, or are there proven examples of excellent tapping skills while holding the pick in the index-thumb grip (e.g. some professional guitar player who taps while using thumb-index grip)? Or are there other tricks to be aware of for putting the pick away from the standard grip quickly and quickly getting it back again? Thoughts?
#2
I use my middle finger to tap with, so I just hold the pick like I usually would. Hope that's helpful...
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#3
Hold the pick with thumb and index, and then tap with your middle finger.




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#4
Standard Tapping can be done with any finger, you can grip the pick with the thumb and index if you so please and tap with your middle, ring or pinky.
If you ever get into 8 finger tapping like I do, I have some tricks for putting the pick away but for now, just practice tapping with the other fingers.
If you're Tap Sweeping (arpeggio up, tap, arpeggio down) you'll have to tap with your ring finger or middle.
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#5
I'm not sure why you're wanting to know what the professionals do, it should be a matter of what you feel more comfortable with, i know eddie van halen uses his index to tap while holding the pick with the middle and thumb, i myself tap with the middle and hold in the thumb-index position because I feel it more effective for myself.

As for tips, if your tapping with the finger that's free you should have no problems really switching from picking to tapping, but then again i seen one guy before who would slide the pick quickly between his thumb and index finger so that he had all 4 fingers free to tap, i'd find that more difficult to do when switching fast. It's all about your own preference.
#6
Thanks, good to know that I'm not way off here. Now I know that tapping with other fingers is an option, and that there are techniques for putting away the pick quickly to learn later, I suppose I'm free to pick (cool, an unintentional pun!) whichever pick grip that feels best for now.
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Kirk Hammett has been known to tap with a pick too.
It's not a bad thing.
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#10
I never actually knew you can tap with a pick. oO
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I never actually knew you can tap with a pick. oO

its what i do, mainly because i can't get back into standard grip quick enough
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#13
Satriani does it in Satch Boogie I think




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Kirk Hammett has been known to tap with a pick too.
It's not a bad thing.


I think he does it on One's solo. Not sure.
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Kirk Hammett has been known to tap with a pick too.
It's not a bad thing.


Guess you havent watched Dragonforce's "betcha cant play this"
#16
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Or middle finger or pick.

Chris Broderick uses a thumb pick so he can tap with all four fingers.
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#18
Gilbert uses his first finger to tap, I use my middle... It's whatever you find easiest, I find my middle finger is stronger...
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Gilbert uses his first finger to tap, I use my middle... It's whatever you find easiest, I find my middle finger is stronger...

Well, That's nice it's stronger, but if you put too much pressure on a note you can be painfully slow and the note will sound like a giant failure.
And if you NEED to press really hard to get a note, you need a new guitar.
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