Mastering The Tapping Exercises

Hey guys, my first article here. I'll show you some arpeggios that can be tapped, just for you to try and gain the speed needed to tap. If you just don't understand something,ask me then, and chill out, I'm not a native English speaker.

Mastering The Tapping Exercises
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Hey guys, my first article here. I'll show you some arpeggios that can be tapped, just for you to try and gain the speed needed to tap. If you just don't understand something,ask me then, and chill out, I'm not a native English speaker. Well, the T over every note will indicate that the note must be tapped. So,let start:
  • 1 Exercise: I've tuned the guitar in E[standard] just for you to see the scales more easily.
                    T                     T                         T
    e|------10-13--16-13-10----||----8--11-15-11--8-----||----6--10-13-10--6---||
    B|----11---------------11--||---10-------------10---||---8--------------8--||
    G|--12------------------12-||--10----------------10-||--8----------------8-||
    D|-12--------------------12||-10------------------10||-8------------------8||
    A|-------------------------||-----------------------||---------------------||
    E|-------------------------||-----------------------||---------------------||
    These is the first one. You can do it backwards just to do a progression of the notes. Also,try to use Sweep Picking so it goes a bit more clean.
  • 2 Exercise:
    e|--------T--------------T------------T------------------------
    B|-----7-12-7----------5-10-5----------3-8-3-------2-7-2-------
    G|----T------T-------T------T-------T-----T------T--------T--4(let ring)
    D|-9-12------12-9--7-11------11-7--5-9-----9-5--4-8------8-4---
    A|-------------------------------------------------------------
    E|-------------------------------------------------------------
    These is clearly a tapping exercise for the using of 2 fingers. Try to feel comfortable,find your way to do it. Then, each note must be tapped like, at least 8 times so train do it all day long till you feel the speed.
  • 3 Execise:
    e|--------T-------T--------T--------T--||--------T---------T---------T-||
    B|-5h8p5-12-5h8p5-12-5h8p5-12-5h8p5-12-||-7h10p7-13-7h10p7-13-7h10p7-13||
    G|-------------------------------------||------------------------------||
    D|-------------------------------------||------------------------------||
    A|-------------------------------------||------------------------------||
    E|-------------------------------------||------------------------------||

    e|--------T---------T---------T-||----------T-----------T-----------T-||
    B|-8h12p8-15-8hp812-15-8h12p8-15||-10h13p10-17-10h13p10-17-10h13p10-17||
    G|------------------------------||------------------------------------||
    D|------------------------------||------------------------------------||
    A|------------------------------||------------------------------------||
    E|------------------------------||------------------------------------||
    These one is the most common use of tapping technique. Master it,and the others would seem easier. Key: h-Hammer-on p-Pull-of
  • 4 Exercise:
       T              T     T            T             T
    e|-8-5p0----------7-4p0-10-7p0-4p0||-8-5p0---------7-4p0----------||
    B|----------T---------------------||----------T----------T--------||
    G|------5p2-9-5p2-----------------||------5p2-9-5p2------9-4p1----||
    D|--------------------------------||---------------------------1b~||
    A|--------------------------------||------------------------------||
    E|--------------------------------||------------------------------||
    These one is more complex, but it is a great way to see how you can use both fingers. Key: b-Bending ~-Vibrato
  • 5 Exercise:
       T                  T                  T
    e|-12-5-T-----------||-14-7-T-----------||-16-9-T-------------||
    B|------14-5-T------||-----15-7-T-------||-----17-9-T---------||
    G|----------14-6-T--||---------16-7-T---||----------18-9-T----||
    D|--------------14-7||-------------16-9-||--------------18-11-||
    A|------------------||------------------||--------------------||
    E|------------------||------------------||--------------------||

    e|-13-10-----------------------||
    B|-------12-9--------------10b~||
    G|------------15-10------------||
    D|------------------12-9-------||
    A|-----------------------------||
    E|-----------------------------||
    These is the last exercise,its pretty cool. Remember to repeat each note, its mandatory, so you gain speed, also it is more clear that you are doing a progression. Hope you master it, and thanks for reading the article.
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      krypticguitar87
      over all this has some pretty good exercisesfor tapping, however I definately would have started with exercise 3 and 4, they are much simpler than exercises 1 and 2. the only other thing I would have done differently is to explain how to tap at the beginning. **NOTE: just an FYI you are using the word "these" where you should be using the word "this" for example "These is the last exercise..." should read "This is the last exercise..."I'm not going to hold it against you since you warned us up front that english is not your first language, but I figured you would probably like to know.
      link no1
      AndrewAmadeo wrote: What it is: Tapping is using both hands and doing hammered and pulled notes on the fret board Why you would use it: Because it helps even the worst guitarists look good infront of non musicians
      Fixed. Jokes aside, nice lesson
      AndrewAmadeo
      burnummaster wrote: Yeah I think it would help to explain what tapping is, and WHY you would use it.
      What it is: Tapping is using both hands and doing hammered and pulled notes on the fret board Why you would use it: Because it is helpful to know many different styles of playing.
      Silversleep
      Just my opinion, but for lessons like this if you have the ability to record videos it would be great if you linked to a vid of yourself playing the exercises so people could see how it should look and sound when done correctly. Other than that, great article.
      ThrashRaptor
      Remember to repeat each note, its mandatory
      That was really funny to me, for some reason. This is a good article, and I really like the licks you used as examples. Exercise 4 is really different, and it sounds cool. Numbers 2, 4, and 5 make me think of something from a Protest the Hero song. An article on how to cleanly use your fret hand would be awesome, too.
      simba1312
      Silversleep wrote: Just my opinion, but for lessons like this if you have the ability to record videos it would be great if you linked to a vid of yourself playing the exercises so people could see how it should look and sound when done correctly. Other than that, great article.
      Quite right.The two finger technique is difficult and a video will be much helpful.
      burnummaster
      Yeah I think it would help to explain what tapping is, and WHY you would use it.
      _0R10N
      This is an article about mastering a given technique. So, it's intended for guitarists that already know it and want to improve their skills.
      tremolopicking
      Hey guys,thanks for all the comments...
      rockgodman wrote: I sort of would like clarification on for instance exercise 4: when playing the second tapped part on the G string, do you pick the first fifth fret pull off to the second fret or do you tap both the 5th and 9th fret in that example? Like what was the authors intention?
      Ehm, yeah, you've to tap them, anyway its just for practise, to pick it and then tap it is harder, or maybe faster than a begginer can afford. Thanks for commenting my article.
      ThrashRaptor
      rockgodman wrote: I sort of would like clarification on for instance exercise 4: when playing the second tapped part on the G string, do you pick the first fifth fret pull off to the second fret or do you tap both the 5th and 9th fret in that example? Like what was the authors intention?
      It's probably a fret-hand tap. Like a hammer onto the fret without picking anything first.
      daniel.guaro
      isn't exercise 4 a piece from Jason Becker? cuz it sounds like i've heard it before edit: it was paganini 24th caprice, but i heard it from Jason Becker hehehe
      tremolopicking
      RamblinMan2450 wrote: Wait, so you only tap with the right hand on the one note with "T" above it? So you play everything solely with your left hand?
      Yes. You only tap with were the T appears, te other notes you pull of them or hammer-on them; just to give more speed and make a fun solo/song. Thats how tapping works, or at least how I developed it
      rockgodman
      I sort of would like clarification on for instance exercise 4: when playing the second tapped part on the G string, do you pick the first fifth fret pull off to the second fret or do you tap both the 5th and 9th fret in that example? Like what was the authors intention?
      RamblinMan2450
      Wait, so you only tap with the right hand on the one note with "T" above it? So you play everything solely with your left hand?