Anyone can sound good by learning tapping through tabs. But what REALLY makes them stick? We will take an in depth and rarely seen view of the topic. Warning, you may be exposed to some theory!

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```17t^0^5  A,E,A

20t^0^8  C,E,C

17^0^12 (sounds pretty trippy)  A,E,E

20^0^12 (more trippy tapping)```
As you can see I took one tapping idea and made it into many. As long as the triad note are there, some or all of them, you can make some pretty out there ideas. Knowing triads not only helps me with tapping, I can also come up with novel chord ideas. For example knowing my notes on the neck and my Am triad notes allowed me to make my own Am chord. Here it is.
```-0-
-13-
-9-
-10-
-0-
-x-```
I hope this inspires you to learn your triads, your notes on the neck, so that with tapping or just about anything you want to do, you can stretch your creative boundaries in ways you may have never yet thought of. Now, I'll get you started by giving you the frets and notes for the remaining two tapping triads I discussed in the beginning, and I'll leave the rest up to you to explore ways to creatively tap out these ideas. Look at F major - that is F A C - on the 1 string F is 1, 13 A is 5 and 17, and C is 8 and 20 Maybe 20t^17^13? Or 13t^5^8t^1? Lots of possibilities... E major is E G# and B - on the 1st string E is 0 or 12, G# is 4 or 16, and B is 7 or 19. You get the idea. Don't just learn licks and lick forms - create. Have fun, and if I can answer any questions for those wanting to learn theory, or how do you learn these triads and notes anyways? Just drop me a note and I'll do my best to shine a little light your way. Best, Sean

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U have an interesting way of explaining things...i know about modes,but id like u to share what u know,maybe i can learn something else...gr8 lesson btw,often we overlook the importance of creating coz we are so stuck on copying our fav guitarists...
hm, i never thought of tapping like this before... great lesson, thanks!
One of your first examples, 12t^7^4^8 - 4x, is not "E,B,G#,E". It's actually "E,B,G#,C". I think you need to change that 8 to a 7. Other than that, solid article.
great article, its good to see guitarists who know whats going on when they play instead of just banging notes until they sound good like some metal guitarists i know
rhcpfan93 wrote: One of your first examples, 12t^7^4^8 - 4x, is not "E,B,G#,E". It's actually "E,B,G#,C". I think you need to change that 8 to a 7. Other than that, solid article.
You're right. I try to get all the typos, but they are bound to happen. Thanks for pointing that out