#1
Yesterday, I was playing guitar with a friend of mine. I threw around some random Metallica riffs, so he started playing the tapping solo to One. His solo sounded really clear and a hell of a lot better than mine, so I looked over to see what he was doing. Turns out, he turned his pick sideways and used the pick to tap instead of his finger. The resulting noise was very crisp and clear. Does anyone else use their pick to substitute for right hand tapping?

I gotta try this out when I get home today.
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#2
Yeah, it's actually quite common. You can usually tap a lot faster when you do it that way.
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#3
i use my fingernail. i'm too lazy to cut my right hand, so my fingernail just started hitting it. does good enough for me.
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The technique of pick tapping was developed by Joe Satriani. It isn't for everyone. But some people like it. I find it lazy myself cuz you never develop the strength in the finger you'd normally tap with. By the way, if look at a good Metallica tab for "One", it should say that it's tapped with a pick. One of the few songs that Kirk Hammet does that.
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That's how I do it. I learned that trick by watching the great Randy Rhoads. He was the first that I saw do that.
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#7
It depends on the tone you're looking for. A pick tap sounds different, as you no doubt found out, than a finger tap. Sometimes using the pick may sound awkward (for instance if you're tapping through a punchy neck pickup.), sometimes it's necessary for super fast licks or for a little extra bite.
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#8
I'd say learn to tap with a pick, but don't rely on it - learn to use your fingers aswell.

There's many things you just can't pull off tapping with a pick, for example many tapping solos are a lot easier if you're using two fingers on your right hand, the picked alternative leading you to jump all over the place.

Oh, and of course tapping on as many strings, as possible, at once - is win.
#9
i like to use my fingers, i just like the sound and tone a lot better. sounds much warmer and mellow to me.
#11
So there we are, pick tapping for the fast and more precise stuff
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So there we are, pick tapping for the fast and more precise stuff

Well not necessarily for FASTER stuff but yea..
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The technique of pick tapping was developed by Joe Satriani. It isn't for everyone. But some people like it. I find it lazy myself cuz you never develop the strength in the finger you'd normally tap with. By the way, if look at a good Metallica tab for "One", it should say that it's tapped with a pick. One of the few songs that Kirk Hammet does that.


i think he used fingers in cunning stunts though...i use my pick on higher frets
#14
I only use the pick technique when I have to go really fast or sometimes if it's on the really high frets, as it's easier to be accurate on those frets with a pick. In general though, I prefer the tone of finger tapping.
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