# Strengthening Your Left-Hand Tapping Technique

This lesson is designed to strengthen your left-hand technique to prepare you for advanced tapping.

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```Fig. 1
e|----------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------h12s14h15s13---|
D|-------------------------h12s14h15s13---------------|
A|-------------h12s14h15s13---------------------------|
D|-h12s14h15s13---------------------------------------|
L           L           L           L

e|------------------------------------h12s14h15s13----|
B|------------------------h12s14h15s13----------------|
G|-------------h12s14h15s13---------------------------|
D|-h12s14h15s13---------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------|
L      L L    L (All w/ left hand)```
Remember to take it slow and, if you can, use a metronome to develop a good sense of time with this technique. The next technique is to help develop the ability to switch strings effectively.
```Fig. 2
e|-----------------------------h13h15-------------------------------|
B|-----------------------h12h14------h14h16-------------------------|
G|-----------------h11h13------------------h15h17-------------------|
D|-----------h10h12------------------------------h16h18-------------|
A|------h9h11------------------------------------------h17h19-------|
D|-h8h10-----------------------------------------------------h18h20-|
LL    L   LL      L     L     L     L     L     L```
The next excersize is a simple diatonic minor scale. The Scale is a Dm; however, you can transpose this to whichever key you prefer.
```Fig. 3
e|----------------------------------------------h12h13h15-|
B|----------------------------------------13h15-----------|
G|-------------------------------h12h14h15----------------|
D|----------------------h12h14h15-------------------------|
A|----------h10s12h13h15----------------------------------|
D|-h12h14h15----------------------------------------------|
L    LL        L  LL

e|--------------------------------------------------------|
B|-h15p13-------------------------------------------------|
G|-------h15p14p12----------------------------------------|
D|----------------h15p13p12-------------------------------|
A|-------------------------h15p13p12s10-------------------|
D|-------------------------------------h15p14p12----------|
L L  L   L       L```
Tip: Remember to use your right hand to mute the strings. The next excersize is Arps. Arpeggiated triads; minor, major and diminished. These are, again, in the key of Dm.
```Fig. 4
Dm        CMaj      FMaj      Edim
e|-----------------h15-----------------h18------------|
B|-----------h13h17--------------h17h20---------------|
G|-------h14-----------------h17----------------------|
D|-h12h15--------------h15h19-------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------|
L     L       L L```
You now have all the tools you need to do some cool tapping licks utilizing your left hand much more effectively. This Final Excersize is an example of the kinds of lead lines that you can do once you master this techniqe. When you are using your left hand to tap, use your right hand to mute the strings behind the left hand.
```Fig. 5
e|-----------1-----h5-------h10-------h13s17-h1821h22-|
B|---------3-----h6------h10-------h15----------------|
G|-------2-----h7-----h10-------h14-------------------|
D|-----3----------------------------------------------|
A|---5------------------------------------------------|
D|-0--------------------------------------------------|
R       L      R         L            R```
Tip: If the postioning feels awkward at first, try laying your guitar down flat on your lap or a table placed in front of you. Once you get comfortable with the fingering then prop the guitar up, back to its original position. Don't forget to take it slowly at first and practice with a metronome to get your timing down.