#1
I'm learning tender surrender by steve vai and I'm confused with two things.

When he plays the octaves at the beginning does he pluck the notes or strum them with his thumb and detone the fifth?

And when he does the tapping part in the solo why does he put his right hand behind his left hand on the neck and tap.
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#2
1.I'm pretty sure he strums with his thumb

2. thats to get rid of the excess noise from the tapping. if you've seen someone tap with a string tied near the nut its the same thing
(or as amerikhastan said he could just be showing off)
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#3
Hes actually holding the strings very gently while his hand is hugging the fretboard. This allows the tapping to sound a bit more fluid and less sloppy, but it can be done the same way by muting with ur hand on the strings over the pickups.
#4
It's called backwards tapping if I understand what you're on about.

You bar a certain fret, so that you can use your hand as a capo kinda. Will youtube the track now and Edit if I need to.

EDIT: Nah, it isn't backwards tapping he is just doing it to be odd. It doesn't appear to serve a purpose, he may well be muting strings or something as others have said.
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#5
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It's called backwards tapping if I understand what you're on about.

You bar a certain fret, so that you can use your hand as a capo kinda. Will youtube the track now and Edit if I need to.

Thats what I thought but when you listen to it you cant really hear him hammering off onto the fret hes holding with his right hand so it would make sense if he was dentoning it to make it clearer sounding.
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