All About Tapping. Part 3: Let's Get Down And Dirty

Tapping for advanced tappers.

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Okay, here goes... sorry about the huge delay. Finally got a wee bit 'o time to write this. Anyway, hope you read Part 1 and Part 2 of my All about tapping lessons. Let's get down to it. Here are some examples with some major and minor arpeggio shapes: (the left hand notes may be sustained by holding the chord)
     T   T   T    T   T   T   T    T    T    T    T    T
e|----------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------8-3----------8-3-----------12-8-----------11-8-|
G|-------7-4----------7-3----------12-7-----------12-7------|
D|---9-5----------8-5---------12-9-----------12-8-----------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------|
In the next one, you use hammer-ons for the left hand(creates a quasi-classical fingerpicking effect)
   T  T  H H  T   T  H H  T  T  H H  T  T  H H
e|----------------------------------------------------------|
B|-10---------10----------12---------12---------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------|
D|----10----------10---------12---------12------------------|
A|---------7-----------7----------8----------8--------------|
E|-------5-----------5----------5----------5----------------|
 
   T  T  H H  T   T  H H  T  T  H H T  T  H H
e|----------------------------------------------------------|
B|-10---------10----------9---------9-----------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------|
D|----10----------10---------9---------9--------------------|
A|---------7-----------7----------7---------7---------------|
E|-------5-----------5----------4---------4-----------------|
Be careful not to let the open notes sound when you release the taps and hammer-ons. This is personally my favorite 'style' of tapping(multiple strings with left hand hammer-ons) The only problem is that you learn to sync your hands with normal playing. Now, you have to learn hand independence. A good distorted riff to begin learning hand independence is Funeral for a friend - Roses for the dead intro Looks something like this:
   1 3 T    1 T    1 T    1 T    1 T    1 3 T    1 T    1 T    1 T    1 T
eb-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
bb--------------------------12p0---------------------------------12p0------|
gb-----12p0---11p0-----------------11p0-----12p0---11p0----------------11p0|
Db---9---------------12p0-----------------9---------------12p0-------------|
Ab-7--------7------7------7------7------7--------7------7------7------7----|
Db-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
 
eb-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
bb--------------------------12p0---------------------------------12p0------|
gb-----12p0---11p0-----------------11p0-----12p0--11p0-----------------11p0|
Db---5---------------12p0-----------------7---------------12p0-------------|
Ab-3--------3------3------3------3------5--------5------5------5------5----|
Db-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Stole this tab off UG.. tabbed by Cameron Coles... thanks!! But, this song is a bit bland and easy to play when you get the hang of it, so on we move. A great chilled out song that you can play to practice this is Rob Scallon - For that second and check out the full tab and the rest of his stuff, really really good! Here's a piece of for that second tabbed out: the number in brackets is the finger you should use on your tapping hand)
    (3)       (3)
    h h h (1)(2)  h(1) h h h (1)(2)  h (1)
e|------------------15-----------------14-|
B|-----------12-0---------------12-0------|
G|------4-----------12-----2-----------11-|
D|----5---12------5------4---12------4----|
A|--7------------------5------------------|
E|----------------------------------------|
 
                  (3)    (3)    (3)
  h h h (1)(2)  h (1)    (1)    (1)    (1)(2)(1) 
------------------15-(0)--------15-(0)----------|
-----------12-0----------15-(0)--------12-13-12-|
------------------12-(0)--------12-(0)----------|
------5-12------5--------12-(5)-----------------|
----7-------------------------------------------|
--8---------------------------------------------|
That's pretty confusing.. sorry It's not too easy to give good finger indications with a song like this. Watch the video lesson Rob scallon put up here on UG.. It's a great help! Now, as you go along the road of learning how to tap like a god(In this instance I'd say God = Steve Vai) you'll encounter 'bet you can't play this' video's with a crazy Asian guy tapping on eight guitars with all his fingers and toes... sorry but you can't do this... EVER ...not without selling your soul to the devil, but that takes time and you have to go all the way to the junction of Highways 61 and 49 in Clarksdale, Mississippi(Robert Johnson reference, btw =P) Fortunately, with some time and a lot of practice you'll be able to play 8 finger taps. 8 finger taps however, are very hard to tab out with good finger indications and The way I do it won't make sense. so I'll just say go check out Buckethead - Jordan and Jeniffer Batten - Notes on Call. Thanks for reading, hope it helped. Any questions and suggestions for next lessons are welcome.

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    riseofmusic
    Good stuff on all 3 lessons, but man I gotta tell ya, there are Left-handed guitarists out here reading these lessons and everyone is completely omitting us by referring specifically to "the right hand" and "the left hand"! Please revise to "fretting hand" and "picking hand". Yes, I can do the flip in my head, but it can get confusing to do this while reading at the same time. If you disagree, try changing every instance of right with left and vice-versa then attempt to practice what you're reading simultaneously.
    That's what you get for being a lefty
    M3lodeath
    amazing lesson i loved the classical part with a nice clean setting and reverb it sounds amazing
    Xara-lampos
    You should put as an example the tapping part of Vela Together We Await The Storm by The Human Abstract... It's godlike, took me like 2 weeks to get it correctly
    frnzd
    Xara-lampos wrote: You should put as an example the tapping part of Vela Together We Await The Storm by The Human Abstract... It's godlike, took me like 2 weeks to get it correctly
    agreed.
    Dewxgong
    the outro from The Great Plains by Scale the Summit is a great example too.
    LeftyDave
    Good stuff on all 3 lessons, but man I gotta tell ya, there are Left-handed guitarists out here reading these lessons and everyone is completely omitting us by referring specifically to "the right hand" and "the left hand"! Please revise to "fretting hand" and "picking hand". Yes, I can do the flip in my head, but it can get confusing to do this while reading at the same time. If you disagree, try changing every instance of right with left and vice-versa then attempt to practice what you're reading simultaneously.