Tasty Guitar Routines 5

After a long hiatus... the most gourmet routines are back, this time with a wholesome Tap routine!

Tasty Guitar Routines 5
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Hello everybody! It's been a while huh? Now it's time to practice some Tapping! Yay! I tried to cover a wide range of Tapping possibilities and even recorded some audio files for you to check out in case you're not sure about a particular exercise. Always remember to stretch and warm up (look for Tasty Guitar Routines #1) before doing the following exercises. Let's get this party started! Important: While practicing Tapping, make sure you're not just "letting go" of the note with the plucking hand (slightly release it away from you) because that will give you the "pluck". Also, start at a slow and comfortable tempo (30 - 50 bpm doing sixteenth notes) and slowly (yes, very slowly) start to speed up the whole routine. It's important in many of these exercises to maintain a constant speed (and in every other exercise you do). The audio files are on my profile _Doggy_, mp3 section. Just select the one you want by track or album (Tasty Guitar Routines 5) and BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE! Notation L = Left Hand (Fretting Hand) R = Right Hand (Plucking Hand) T = Tap h = Hammer On p = Pull Off / = Slide Simile - Repeat the same pattern

LESSON 5: TAPPING

I've divided the whole routine in the different ways you can approach Tapping: One and Multiple String Lines, Patters, Independent Lines and a somewhat special exercise. The fist approach is the classic way of tapping; creating an arpeggio with the left and right hands. While we're using 1 finger in the plucking hand and 2 in the fretting hand we can build some basic patterns: 3 (plucking hand) 2 & 1 (fretting hand), 3-1-2 and 3-1-2-1.

Fig. 1: One String Lines (3-2-1, 3-1-2, and 3-1-2-3-2-1 patterns)

(Repeat on each string)
    T        T        T        T        T        T        T        T         
E|--19p15h12-19p15h12-19p12h15-19p12h15-19p12h15-19p15h12-19p12h15-19p15h12-|
B|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
(Sounds familiar? This is the first arpeggio in Metallica's "One" solo. This is a Em chord) Now let's go for the 3-1-2-1 pattern. I'll add a little flavor moving the fretting hand finger a little bit.

Fig. 2: One String Lines (3-1-2-1 pattern, one moving hand)

(Repeat on each string)
    T           T           T           T             
E|--19p12h15p12-18p12h15p12-19p12h15p12-20p12h15p12--|
B|---------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------|
Now let's move both hands!

Fig. 3: One String Lines (3-1-2-1 pattern, two moving hands)

(Repeat on each string)
    T           T           T           T             
E|--19p12h15p12-19p12h15p12-20p11h14p11-20p11h14p11--|
B|---------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------|
Now, let's go for some 4 finger tapping! (1 on the plucking hand, 3 on the fretting hand)

Fig. 4: One String Lines (4-3-2-1-2-3 pattern)

(Repeat on each string)
    T                 T                   
E|--19p15p14p12h14h15-19p15p14p12h14h15--|
B|---------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------|
I guess that will cover the One String Lines. If you want to keep adding more and more awesomeness to the Tapping patterns, you could even use 4 fingers on the fretting hand and 2 or 3 (if you're up for challenge) on the plucking hand. You can even slide or bend different notes. Hmmm, what if I want an arpeggio to extend through a lot of strings? That's what I would call...

Fig. 5: Multiple String Lines

(This is a Bm arpeggio spread out through 3 strings. This is extracted from Guthrie Govan - Professor Shred #3 video on YouTube. Feel free to check out this amazing man)
    L L  R  L L  R  L L  R  L  L R  L  L R  L  L   
    T    T  T    T  T    T       T       T         
E|------------------7h10h14p10p7------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------|
D|----------9h12h16--------------16p12p9----------|
A|------------------------------------------------|
E|--7h10h14------------------------------14p10p7--|
Experiment with Major, Diminished and Augmented chords. Guthrie also uses 4 fingers (creating m7, M7 chords, etc...) to give extra "gourmet" taste :) And now we want to move across multiple strings while varying arpeggios? The following is one of the infinite shapes you can achieve.

Fig. 6: Multiple String Lines 2


    L L R  L L L L L L  R  L  L L  L  L L  R  L  L L  L  L  L  R  L  L  L  L 
    T   T          T    T             T    T             T     T             
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------12h14h17p14p12h14/17-|
D|----------------------------------9h12h14p12p9h12/14----------------------|
A|----------------7h10h12p10p7h10/12----------------------------------------|
E|5h8h12p8p5h8/10-----------------------------------------------------------|
Continued...
    L  L  R  L  L  L  L  L    
    T     T              T    
E|-----------------------17--|
B|--15h17h20p17p15h17/20-----|
G|---------------------------|
D|---------------------------|
A|---------------------------|
E|---------------------------|
Wow! Cool one right? The next kind of Tapping involves creating patterns that you can repeat. This first example is the Tapping intro for "Sequoia Throne" by Protest The Hero:

Fig. 7: Patterns ("Sequoia Throne" Tapping Intro)


    L  R  R  L  R  R  L  R  L  R  L  R  L  R  L  R    
    T  simile                                         
E|-----------------------17--------------------------|
B|-----17----15-17----15----15----15-17-------14-17--|
G|--------16-------16----------16-------12-15--------|
D|--14-----------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------|
Continued...
    L  R  R  L  R  R  L  R  L  R  L  R  L  R  L  R  L    
    T  simile                                            
E|-----------------------17-------------15-17-15----15--|
B|-----17----15-17----15----15----15-17----------17-----|
G|--------16-------16----------16-----------------------|
D|--14--------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------|
You can create even more complex patterns in different time signatures. The following is the Tapping intro for "Behaving Badly" by Animals As Leaders:

Fig. 8: Patterns ("Behaving Badly" Tapping Intro)

(This would be a Bm11 chord. The time signature for this particular pattern is 7/8)
    L R  L  L  R  L  R    
    T simile              
E|-----------------------|
B|----------------10-17--|
G|----16----11-18--------|
D|--9----12--------------|
A|-----------------------|
E|-----------------------|
I think the real challenge lies in repeating this pattern flawlessly. Since it is an odd time signature it's always a little tricky. For more "pattern" like tapping I recommend "Midnight" and "Day At The Beach" by Joe Satriani. They're beautiful to hear and a crazy ass exercise to Tap. Animals As Leaders also has plenty of tapping craziness.

Independent Lines

Ok, since tabs don't provide a clear way to represent note values like Quarters, Eights and so on, I recorded a little audio file for the Independent Lines. The fretting hand is playing the bass and the plucking hand the melody. Extreme experimental guitarists (or however you want to call them) like Preston Reed, Michael Hedges, Andy McKee use this kind of Tapping a lot. For a different approach you have Stanley Jordan (check his "Autumn Leaves" version... superb!) Recognize this one? Enver Izmaylov. Go see him right now! And to close this super Tapping chapter, I'd like to add a nice little cool awesome effect you can achieve with harmonics too. This are the first lines of the intro for "Malignant Carbunicle" by Bumblefoot. He is a beast. X = Tap slightly with the fretting hand to mute all the strings. + = Natural Harmonic. In this tab, you will pull off with the plucking hand while resting the fretting hand in the correct fret. As you pull off you will have a natural harmonic.

Fig. 9: Nice Little Cool Awesome Effect


    R  R  L L L R  R  L L L R  R L  L L R  R  L L L  
    T  T  +                                          
E|--15-17p5-X-X-15-17p5-X-X-------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------15-17p5-X-X-|
G|--------------------------12-14p5-X-X-------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------|
As you can see, only your imagination is the limit! (cof cof cliche). The possibilities are endless, so it's up to your creativity to come up with awesome stuff. It's time to go now guys and girls. I tried to build this whole routine as musically as possible (no better practice that playing something you actually like). Have fun, practice, explore, experiment. Enjoy! See you in the last tasty routine... Slap & Pop!

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    Aays
    PTH and AaL are awesome bands to start with if you're looking into expanding your tapping abilities. AaL also often use three finger tapping which is a really handy technique to pick up on. All in all great article, these are really fun riffs to mess around with
    Jacques-Henri
    This might just be me being a nitpicker, but Tosin doesn't play Behaving Badly like that...
    Riggy
    I was thinking the same about the Sequoia Throne lick (Correct notion, incorrect tapping.) Other than that though, great lesson. I'd be quite interested to see if you have any tapped hemiola lessons.
    Aays
    I think I can say with certainty that that's how Luke Hoskin plays Sequoia Throne - there's a two part instructional video on youtube where Tim and Luke demonstrate the entire song and that's how the intro's done.
    _Doggy_
    You're right Jacques, but I figured it would be a cool way of practicing this odd-time tapping stuff And I know... how could I miss Buckethead!!!
    dirtfoot
    at a glance for #1, I noticed that: E|--19p15h12-19p15h12-19p12h15-19p12h15-19p12h15-19p1 5h12-19p12h15-19p15h12-| should be tabbed as: E|--19p15p12-19p15p12-19p12h15-19p12h15-19p12h15-19p15p 12-19p12h15-19p15p12-|
    solomonkane
    wheres the print button you know the one that automatically deletes all the damn advertisements so u don't waste paper
    _Doggy_
    Hi! Actually the last note is part of a new measure, so the whole riff ends on the first beat of the next measure.
    JB95
    Doesn't the pattern over the two measures you tabbed repeat? Or is there variations during the riff?
    TimLarkin
    JESUS FUCKING CHRIST. This article is a tragedy. How useless do you have to be to not know how to tap on a guitar? Stop making useless lessons like this and do something useful with your life, like removing yourself from the gene pool.
    schoulinder
    you have thousands of basic tapping lessons. I see this one as very useful
    BjarnedeGraaf
    you should just ignore him. he thinks he's a troll but he fails at trolling even more then he fails at life.
    Dynamight
    For someone who "fails at trolling" so much, he sure gets a lot of attention. If people ignored him completely I'd be more inclined to agree.
    sideslick
    Trolls are like pop music. If we ignore them, then they cannot thrive. I'm only here to say: Stahp it.
    JLedford1986
    JESUS FUCKING CHRIST. This comment is a tragedy. How useless do you have to be to not know how to comment on an article? Stop making useless comments like this and do something useful with your life, like removing yourself from the gene pool.
    TheMetalMan94
    Mr. Larkin, this is not the first time I have seen your bad attempts of trolling on UG. Just quit, you are bad at it. Fail troll fails at life.
    Dnouw
    You are a ****ing moron. Why don't you take your own advice on REMOVING YOURSELF.
    idk_idk
    ~Thinks people shouldn't make articles on tapping. ~Reads and comments on article about tapping. Perhaps you are actually result of someone shitting in the gene pool?
    TheNameOfNoone
    Actually this would be quite helpful to me, few years ago. But he didn't write about Buckethead tapping. I kil him.
    Satrianifan281
    It's not the tapping itself that he's trying to teach, it's the hammer-on/pull-off sequences he's incorperating and the improvising of tapping licks, yes this is a very helpful articles for those starting soloing.
    JB95
    In the Sequoia Throne lick there is 16 notes in the first measure (which makes sense) but 17 notes in the second one. Is it supposed to be a 17/16 measure or is it incorrect?
    _Doggy_
    Yes, there are some slight variations in the last measures of the riff. Both start identically but end very different.