With tapping we always think of playing fast and this makes the tapped notes sound sloppy if you don't concentrate on the important things.
The clue is - you have to treat your right hand like your left one. When doing hammer-on or pull-off you surely practice to do it loud, with perfect rhythm and of course slowly. So this is what you have to do with your right hand and furthermore you have to exaggerate this. Do the tapped note a little bit louder than it has to be and a little bit longer; this will make it perfect in the end. Also be aware to do the pull-off from the tapped note as perfect as possible and like you would do it with your left hand.
To get more control I absolutely recommend to practice very slowly and use a metronome. Speed will come very easy when you master the rhythm and sound of tapping.
Now let's start:
Exercise 1Choose any string. Tap on the 9th fret with the middle or index finger of your right hand, pull-off to the 2nd fret (index finger left hand) and hammer-on to the 5th fret with your third or little finger... Then repeat this in triplets.
9 - 2 - 5
Exercise 2When you get familiar, start moving your right hand:
9 - 2 - 5 / 10 - 2 - 5 / 12 - 2 - 5 ...
Exercise 3Then move your left hand:
9 - 2 - 5 / 9 - 3 - 6 / 9 - 4 - 7 ...
Exercise 4Now let's move on to other strings.
Exercise 5Van Halen - Eruption Tapping Part
Yes! The most famous tapping solo ever is really easy and completely played on the B-string with the basic triplet feeling you just learned:-)
Please take your time and start slowly!
T9p2h5 (8 times) T10p2h5 (8 times) T10p4h7 (6 times) T12p4h7 (2 times) T12p5h9 (8 times)
T13p5h8 (6 times) T15p5h8 ( 2 times) T15p7h10 (6 times) T17p7h10 (2 times) T17p9h12 (16 times)
Note, that there is one extra tap on the 17th fret. There the emphasis changes to the beat on the index finger of your left hand with the tapped note at the end of each triplet.
p12h15T17p (2 times) 11h14T17p (2 times) 10h13T17p (2 times) 9h12T17p (2 times) Repeat this row
10h13T15p (2 times) 9h12T15p (2 times) 8h11T15p (2 times) 7h10T15p (2 times)
8h11T13p (2 times) 7h10T13p (2 times) 6h9T13p (2 times) 5h8T13p (2 times)
4h7T12p (8 times) 5h8T12p (8 times) 4h7T12p (8 times)
5h8T12p4h7T12p (8 times) 5
In the video I go through the complete tapping part. It's in German but I'm sure you will understand everything when you see what I'm doing.
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Andreas Vockrodt is guitarist, composer, guitar teacher & organizer of the guitar world record from Stuttgart Germany. Official website.