Introduction to Tapping
Tapping • 7m 32s
Tapping combines hammer-ons and pull-offs to create a very dynamic arpeggio effect which would otherwise be impossible to achieve with just the fret hand doing all the fretting work. Most guitarists tap using their middle (2nd) finger, because with the pick in your hand, you may need to quickly switch to a tapping lick, which would allow your middle finger to be instantly available while you still hold the pick between your index finger and thumb for when you go back to picking as normal.
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The Pick Tapping Technique
Harness one of the most aggressive sounds possible on a guitar. Inspired almost completely by one of my favorite guitarists, Joe Satriani, this technique is one you’ll pick up fast and have endless fun with.
Tapping Playing Examples
Behold, four of my slickest tapping licks to get your creative juices flowing. The fun thing about tapping is that each hand can work on relatively simple movements, but when they combine their efforts, a truly awesome sound is produced.
The Tap-Slide Technique
This one might cause a bit of pain on your tapping finger as you work up the technique, but fear not–pain is gain. The synchronization of the slides will make this type of motion a bit challenging to play in perfect rhythm at the start, but once you have it down, the licks you’ll craft will be am...