#1
Yo. I was playing along to Rammstein just now, and I was having much fun, and was playing rather well, having fun and such. Anywho, I decided to play the tapping lick to Metallica's "One". I can't play it, but I know how it's played. So I played it, and it sounded kind of right . My chops are rather bad, and I can't shred or even begin to tap. All I can really do is alternate pick, and it seems my fingers are pretty weak. So, I was playing it, and it sounded like I was tapping to some degree. I posted a recording of me doing this on my DMusic. So, my question: is this tapping? Should I be embarassed to play this at Guitar Center? Am I a total asshole? It would seem I shouldn't have to ask whether something is genuine tapping or ****ing around, but that's my problem. Yeah..
#2
Technically, that is tapping, but you missed an assload of notes with the right hand. Just tap the right hand the same speed as the left, and alternate the two (so that one hits as the other comes up from the hammer-on/pull-off), and it will sound right.
#3
Thanks. How hard should this be? Do I need to do hand exercises or anything? Heh. Thanks man.
#4
Tapping always came really naturally to me. I always wondered why everyone made a big deal of EVH. I found most of his tapping lines really easy, especially Eruption. So I'm not the one to ask about how to do it.
#6
Well, there is a trade off. I have very little dexterity, and very little speed, inbetween my middle and ring fingers on my hands, and a weak pinky, which leads to me not being able to do many kinds of three note runs well, and things like that. I can hammer on with any finger, but not all of them together, or anything like that.

So, I'm not perfect.

[Edit] SHAMELESS PLUG [/Edit]

Check out my song, The Harp's Dawn, on my website to hear what I'm talking about in the solo. Lots of slurs, and two note runs up and down the pentatonic, but not much in the way of anything else.
#7
Kickass (about to listen). I often find myself really frustrated at my lack of capabilities, as whenever I go to GC there are tons of little (often 50 year old balding men or 12 year olds) bastards doing ridiculous shredding, and I'm stuck too afraid to turn up the tube amp I'm planning to buy while they've got a Marshall stack at full volume. I'd say tapping is an incredibly cool ability, so you're not so bad off.

Don't take this the wrong way (I have one), but is the amp you're using on that song a Spider II? The clean sounds like my Spiders clean after I've recorded something using that little Windows recording program. Nice song man. I like the solo, really good tone besides the fuzz, and it's weird and takes it in a good direction. The rythm is nice too. Sort of dreamy in feel. Anything on my DMusic (besides the tapping thing) was recorded a long time ago, so feel free not to critique
#8
I recorded that song on an ART DST-830, which is basically the Spider II's grandaddy (It was one of the first amps with lots of built in effects and stuff, came out in... 1997 I think). I agree the tone is a bit rough, I feel it actually adds a little to the feeling of the solo (improvised! As all my solos are).

I really got to get a JamLab or something, because the way I have to record now sucks (usually from the direct out on my amp to my soundcard's mic port, which to do I had to get one of those 1/4" to headphone jack converters to do. It really dicks up my tone).
#9
It does in parts. I love improvisation. That's all I do (for soloing). I can't imagine writing a solo. Not only would it suck, it's just so much fun to improvise.
#10
ok. begin by tapping along with a metrenome at a slow speed (100-120 bpm) completely relax your fingers, arms, and shoulders. usually i hold one note and tap the other 2 (or more) fingers. practise using every possible finger to build dexterity and strength. slowly build up your speed until you can play whatever you want. heres an example of a finger tapping exercise i made up - Spiral Galaxy

if you feel inclined to learn it, it would definately help your tapping skills cus its pretty technical (it doesnt have much melody, but it sounds sweet)

its all on the high e string


E--12-7-8--13-7-9--14-7-10--15-7-9--14-7-8--13-7-9--12-7-10--13-7-9--14-7-8--

E--15-7-9--14-7-10--13-7-9--14-7-8--13-7-9--12-7-10--13-7-9--14-7-8--15-7-9--

E--14-7-10--13-7-9--14-7-8--13-7-9--12-7-10--13-7-9--14-7-8--13-7-9--12-7-10--

E--13-7-9--14-7-8--15-7-9--14-7-10--13-7-9--12-7-8--13-7-9--14-7-10--15-7-9--

E--16-7-9--17-7-8--18-7-9--19-7-10--20-7-9--19-7-8--18-7-9--17-7-10--16-7-9--

E--15-7-8--14-7-9--13-7-10--12-7-9--13-7-8--14-7-9--15-7-10--14-7-9--13-7-8--

E--12-7-9--13-7-10--14-7-9--15-7-8--14-7-9--13-7-10--12/24
#11
Quote by Rapid_Fire
ok. begin by tapping along with a metrenome at a slow speed (100-120 bpm) completely relax your fingers, arms, and shoulders. usually i hold one note and tap the other 2 (or more) fingers. practise using every possible finger to build dexterity and strength. slowly build up your speed until you can play whatever you want. heres an example of a finger tapping exercise i made up - Spiral Galaxy

if you feel inclined to learn it, it would definately help your tapping skills cus its pretty technical (it doesnt have much melody, but it sounds sweet)

its all on the high e string


E--12-7-8--13-7-9--14-7-10--15-7-9--14-7-8--13-7-9--12-7-10--13-7-9--14-7-8--

E--15-7-9--14-7-10--13-7-9--14-7-8--13-7-9--12-7-10--13-7-9--14-7-8--15-7-9--

E--14-7-10--13-7-9--14-7-8--13-7-9--12-7-10--13-7-9--14-7-8--13-7-9--12-7-10--

E--13-7-9--14-7-8--15-7-9--14-7-10--13-7-9--12-7-8--13-7-9--14-7-10--15-7-9--

E--16-7-9--17-7-8--18-7-9--19-7-10--20-7-9--19-7-8--18-7-9--17-7-10--16-7-9--

E--15-7-8--14-7-9--13-7-10--12-7-9--13-7-8--14-7-9--15-7-10--14-7-9--13-7-8--

E--12-7-9--13-7-10--14-7-9--15-7-8--14-7-9--13-7-10--12/24

Kickass. Thanks!
#12
if u want a real tapping challenge try learning the diminished sequence at the end of the neoclassicol section of a fols paradice by symphony x
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#13
Quote by oddling8
I can't shred or even begin to tap. All I can really do is alternate pick,

Odd, I can shred to some degree but I have trouble alternate picking. Very odd indeed.
#15
Quote by ibanez87
Odd, I can shred to some degree but I have trouble alternate picking. Very odd indeed.


how the heck do you shred without alternate picking... you must have insanely fast downpicking skills lol
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