Tapping. V2

Learn to play gartuenously fast with ease.

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Tapping is done by hitting your right hand's middle, index, or pinky(whichever is most comfortable) on a fret then pulling off to a lower fret. One thing to remember is to keep ur fingers loose and move your fingers up and down with the joint closest to your hand. This way you'll get the most leverage. Here is a lick to get started on:
*T means to tap the indicated note 
   T       T       T
E|-17--13--17--13--17--13-----------------------------------
B|----------------------------------------------------------
G|----------------------------------------------------------
D|----------------------------------------------------------
A|----------------------------------------------------------
D|----------------------------------------------------------

after u get that down, add another note:
    T             T               T                           
E|-17--13-p10h13--17--13--p10h13--17--13--p10h13------------
B|----------------------------------------------------------
G|----------------------------------------------------------
D|----------------------------------------------------------
A|----------------------------------------------------------
D|----------------------------------------------------------
pretty cool, huh? well now that you have that down, make a slightly more complex arrangement of the notes:
   T            T                    T      T     T     T
E|17-13-p10h13-17-10h13-p10h13--p10--17-13-17-13-17-10-17-10
B|----------------------------------------------------------
G|----------------------------------------------------------
D|----------------------------------------------------------
A|----------------------------------------------------------
D|----------------------------------------------------------
Now that you know how to play it, now you'll learn how to write your own! what I've showed you so far is bassed on a blues scale, but also are found in a D minor chord. What i recommend is a blues scale, minor scale, and major scale to start constructing your solos with.(another popular scale is the pentatonic, but I never use it because it's only 5 notes and is used waaaaay too often.) I'll now walk you through the process I'm gonna work with a blues scale again. this time I'll use the 7th, 6th, and 5th notes of the scale as my first 3 notes.
E|----------------------------------------------------------               
B|--17-15-12-17-15-12---------------------------------------
G|----------------------------------------------------------
D|----------------------------------------------------------
A|----------------------------------------------------------
D|----------------------------------------------------------
Then I'm going to change my pattern, instead maneuvering my way through the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th notes of the scale
E|----------------------------------------------------------               
B|-15-12-10-11-10-11-10-------------------------------------
G|----------------------------------------------------------
D|----------------------------------------------------------
A|----------------------------------------------------------
D|----------------------------------------------------------
Next I'll add a tremolo picking part using the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th notes remember this part is NOT tapped
E|----------------------------------------------------------               
B|----------------------------------------------------------
G|-16-15-14-15-16-15-14-15-16-15-14-15-16-15-14-12-14-15----
D|----------------------------------------------------------
A|----------------------------------------------------------
D|----------------------------------------------------------
 
now, I put all these sections together to make a short solo:
 
E|----------------------------------------------------------               
B|-17-15-12-17-15-12-15-12-10-11-10-11-10-16-15-14-15-16-15-               
G|----------------------------------------------------------
D|----------------------------------------------------------
A|----------------------------------------------------------
D|----------------------------------------------------------

  
E|---------------------------------15/\/\-------------------              
B|-14-15-16-15-14-16-15-14-12-14-15-------------------------               
G|----------------------------------------------------------
D|----------------------------------------------------------
A|----------------------------------------------------------
D|----------------------------------------------------------
Well there you go, have a good time practicing that technique and writing solos, and good luck!

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    BFMVmaniac
    thnx dude. yea, I'm open to all constructive criticism you can throw at me, cause this is what i love to do, and anything you can advise me is awesome. I'll do better on the bending lesson I'm gonna put up in a week or two. maybe i could message it to you b4 i post it nd you can tell me what you think?(you really seem like someone who knows what he's doing, no joke and I'd love to get your input)
    krypticguitar87
    yeah dude feel free to PM me about anything I don't usually mind doing proof reading. although sometimes it may take a day or two for me to get back to you, so don't think I'm ignoring you if I don't get back to you right away!
    BFMVmaniac
    thnx a ton dude. like i said, i love playing/teaching guitar, and if you can give me any advise about it i'll be extremely grateful
    krypticguitar87
    BFMVmaniac wrote: well to the first one, yes, it was. the 2nd one, by walking them through the process. the 3rd, i admit that was a flaw lol.thnx for the feedback, i'll do better next time
    you didn't really walk anyone through the process, you said "this is from a blues scale... look at this I know the scale" you said nothing like "alright now instead of hitting the A here, lets move it to up here and play the rest of this lick lower on the same string and there we go from regular lick to tapping lick!"
    BFMVmaniac wrote: correction, the reason i didn't say index was because you don't tap with the index finger, because it's being used to hold the pick. you're still holding the pick when you tap.
    you're not always still holding the pick when you tap, and you can tap with any finger. trust me I do a ton of tapping in my band and I rarely hold a pick while doing this. also you are neglecting two hand tapping licks that require you to use all your fingers while tapping.
    BFMVmaniac wrote: and about the soloing part, most of it is tapping, except the last little lick. the tremolo picking part was just to show solos aren't made up of entirely tapping. have i answered all your questions?
    but you have no tapping notated in the solo part, and also don't notate it in the section before that. you did notate the tapping in the first two "code" sections, so that tells me that you know that it is normally notated, yet you chose not to for the rest where it was kind of nessecary. also when you write a lesson you don't need to show that tapping (or whatever you are teaching at the time) isn't the only technique solos are made up of. most of us have listened to more than just EVH solos. look I'm not trying to discourage you from writing lessons, and I honestly feel that we need more good teachers and lesson writers out there, but you also need to proof read your lessons. you don't want to be the guy that says "heres a lesson on tapping but half the lesson doesn't look like it has tapping in it". and that can be avoided by simply re-reading your lesson. you don't have an actual deadline so you can write the lesson and then re-read it again a week later to see if you missed anything.....
    BFMVmaniac
    and about the soloing part, most of it is tapping, except the last little lick. the tremolo picking part was just to show solos aren't made up of entirely tapping. have i answered all your questions?
    BFMVmaniac
    well to the first one, yes, it was. the 2nd one, by walking them through the process. the 3rd, i admit that was a flaw lol.thnx for the feedback, i'll do better next time
    BFMVmaniac
    correction, the reason i didn't say index was because you don't tap with the index finger, because it's being used to hold the pick. you're still holding the pick when you tap.
    BFMVmaniac
    ugh srry, that really was a typo, i meant to say ring finger, middle and pinky
    krypticguitar87
    I'm assuming it's a typo, but why only index middle and pinky fingers and not the ring finger? also how did you teach anyone how to write your own tapping licks? finally, what was the point of the tremolo picking stuff? it looked like you were getting ready to show how to change a lick from a simple blues scale to a tapping riff, but then give us a tremolo picking riff, and then say to put together everything other than the tapping to make a short solo. I'm just wondering what that has to do with tapping?