#1
Hello,

I am new to the forums, so i apologise in advance if i have posted this in the wrong section or my etiquette is bad.

I have recently purchased an Ibanez ewc30pde-rlg. I have been playing basic guitar for quite a few years, by this i mean chord progressions and scales e.t.c.

I am now trying to learn some finger tapping style stuff, starting out with some Andy Mckee.

The problem i am having is that when i tap higher than the 7th fret the harmonic note becomes louder than the true note. Now i have spoken to a couple of people who recommended muting the lower frets which does work, however isn't practical and i was wondering if there was any other ways or techniques to rectify this.

The two things i could think of was decreasing the action or changing the strings but i have no idea whether either or these two will rectify it.

Any help would be very much appreciated.

Ben.
Last edited by bennybumkins at Aug 20, 2011,
#2
I've always wanted to learn stuff by Justin King and Andy McKee, but I really don't think I'm ready for it. I've though about the same thing as well. The only solution I could come up with is to have a pickup and go through an amp. I don't know if that's the only solution, but it's all I could think of.

BTW, this is in the right forum, and by etiquette, they mostly just want you to control your language and all that.

EDIT: Now that I think about it, when my brother was somewhat cool, he could play some stuff, Untitled Project, Knock on Wood, For My Father, and he never had a pickup or amplification while playing it, but his notes sounded pretty good to me. If I get the chance and remember, I'll ask to see if he remembers the trick to it.

EDIT 2: I asked him and he said to hit it harder. I asked him again to make sure he understood and he said the trick is to hit it harder, so try that.
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#3
Ok so decreasing the action or changing the strings won't make a difference to the tapping... Could you elaborate on what you mean by the true note?...

Like for example when I play Mckee's "Drifting" when your tapping the guitar with your right hand (presuming your a right handed guitar player) I tap the 12th fret harmonics so in "Drifting" the 12th fret harmonics are the true notes?...

Am I even making sense?...
#4
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Ok so decreasing the action or changing the strings won't make a difference to the tapping... Could you elaborate on what you mean by the true note?...

Like for example when I play Mckee's "Drifting" when your tapping the guitar with your right hand (presuming your a right handed guitar player) I tap the 12th fret harmonics so in "Drifting" the 12th fret harmonics are the true notes?...

Am I even making sense?...



What he means is, if he taps anywhere, let's say the 13th fret of the high e string, the F is the true note, BUT, on the other side of the string (from his finger to the nut), that note is playing as well. That specific one creates a horribly dissonant sound that is just really annoying when trying to play a beautiful song like that.

I tried hitting it harder, it works! I was quite amazed. I just barely tapped it, and it made a bad sound, then I slammed it, and only heard one note! So he was right after all.

BTW, new strings will make it easier to play, if nothing else.
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#5
Not sure what "harmonic" note you are talking about, but I assume you meant that bi-note that shows up. I guess tapping harder will help and it won't sound as loud if you have other notes that are droning in the background I also think it's easier to produce a better tapping tone when the strings are new as well!
#6
Thanks for your help guys yeah i tried tapping harder and it is better but it is still there, you got it spot on with the bi note that sounds really annoying. Tbf i havent tried plugging it in yet so will give that a go also.

Ben