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The Art of Tapping

IN the Art Of Tapping I will discuss basics discovered by Van Halen, my own interpretation to this amazing technique, Joe Satriani’s worksand more interesting ideas used by the masters. Tapping is a fairly easy style of playing but can take awhile to get used to.

When tapping use the tip of your index, middle, or ring finger of your picking hand to tap the note that needs to be tapped. Tapping is a technique that works best with lots of sustain and distortion, using an electric guitar.

Legend
v down pick
^ up pick
x mute
b bend
r release
h hammer on
p pull off
~ vibrato
/ slide up
\ slide down
^^ tremolo
T Tap
• Harmonic
>< Pinch String

HISTORY

The great one Edward Van Halen invented the two handed tapping technique in
the 80’s , this combined with his lightning speed licks and heavy riffs
made him very famous.
BASICS



    T       T       T       T       T       T       T       T
E|--12p7p5--12p7p5--12p7p5--12p7p5--12p7p4--12p7p4--12p7p4--12p7p4-|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------|

Easy aint it? One of the important things before you of and start master tapping is first u have to master hammer ons and pull offs. This would come under legato, it gives the music a smooth sound. Make sure none of the other strings ring out when tapping. To prevent this just mute the strings that you are not playing with your left palm.



E|-T-------T-------T-------T-------T-------T-------T-------T------T--|
B|-12p9p7--12p9p7--14p9p7--14p9p7--16p9p7--16p9p7--14p9p7--14p9p7-12-|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------|


When tapping its most likely that you will be tapping pentatonic, these are commonly used.

Now for some hammer ons



      T           T           T           T
E|----12pOh5h8----12pOh5h8----12pOh5h8----12pOh5h8------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------|



E|-----T-----------T-----------T-----------T------------------|
B|-----12pOh5h8----12pOh5h8----12pOh5h8----12pOh5h8-----------|
G|------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------|


You Can also shift the tapped notes around



      T           T           T           T
E|----12pOh5h8----13pOh5h8----15pOh5h8----17pOh5h8------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------|



E|----T-----------T-----------T-----------T-------------------|
B|----12pOh5h8----13pOh5h8----15pOh5h8----17pOh5h8------------|
G|------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------|



Here’s a cool descending tapping lick, play it fast!



E|--12p8p5----------------------------------------------------|
B|----------12p8p5--------------------------------------------|
G|------------------12p8p5------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------12p8p5-------------------7--------|
A|----------------------------------12p8p5-----------7--------|
E|------------------------------------------12p8p5---5--------|


Mastered all of the above huh? Here’s an extraction based from the all famous Eruption guitar solo by Edward Van Halen. Download it and learn the whole thing, I did!



   T          T                    T         T         T
E|-------------------------------|----------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------|----------------------------------|
G|-12p8p5-x8--13p8p5-x8----------|-13p9p6-x8-14p9p6-x8-14p1Op7-x8---|
D|-------------------------------|----------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------|----------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|----------------------------------|


   T       T
E|-------------------------------|----------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------|----------------------------------|
G|-15p1Op7-14p1Op7-x8--7b~~------|----------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------|----------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------|----------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|----------------------------------|



Here’s a great tapping riff I took from Joe Satriani’s Always withyou always with me (song).




       p    t  p h  t  p h   t p h   t p h   t p h  t  p h
-------------------------------------------------------------
-----12-11--12-0-9--12-0-7--12-0-9--12-0-5--12-0-7--12-0-9---
-------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------

 t  p h  t  p h  t  p h  t  p h  t  p h  t  p h   t  p h   t  p h
----------------------------------------------------------------------
-12-0-7--12-0-5--12-0-7--12-0-7--12-0-7--12-0-11--12-0-11--12-0-9-----
----------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------

 t  p h  t  p h  t  p h  t  p h  t  p h  t  p h  t  p h  t  p h
----------------------------------------------------------------------
-12-0-7--12-0-9--12-0-7--12-0-5--12-0-7--12-0-9--12-0-7--12-0-5-------
----------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------

 t  p h  t  p h  t  p h  t  p h  t  p h  t  p h   t  p h   t  p h
----------------------------------------------------------------------
-12-0-4--12-0-2--12-0-2--12-0-2--12-0-2--12-0-11--12-0-11--12-0-9-----
----------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------

 t  p h  t  p h  t  p h  t  p h  t  p h  t  p h  t  p h  t  p h
----------------------------------------------------------------------
-12-0-7--12-0-9--12-0-7--12-0-5--12-0-7--12-0-9--12-0-7--12-0-5-------
----------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------

 t  p h  t  p h  t  p h  t  p h
----------------------------------
-12-0-4--12-0-5--12-0-5--12-0-5---
----------------------------------
----------------------------------
----------------------------------
----------------------------------


Tap Sliding

Two handed tapping….ya start on fret 15 and tap using your index finger then pull, pull, slide…repeat. When you get down to the 5th fret, switch to the G string by tapping with your middle finger, Then tap your way back up while pulling with your left. Start slow and then speed it up, be honest with yourself!


|-T---------------T---------------------|-T---------------T---------------------|
|-15-p13-p12-\1O--13-p12-p1O-\-8--------|-12-p1O-p-8-\-7--1O-p8-p7--\--5--------|
|---------------------------------------|---------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------|---------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------|---------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------|---------------------------------------|

…sliding down…


|-T-------------------------------------|---------------------------------------|
|-8-p7-p5----T---T--------T--T----------|------T---T----------T---T-------------|
|------------7--9-p7--p5--7--11--p7-----|-p-5--7---12--p7-p5--7---14-p-7-p-5----|
|---------------------------------------|---------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------|---------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------|---------------------------------------|

switch strings….tapping up….



|---------------------------------------|
|-T--T----------T--T----------T--T------|
|-7--16--p7-p5--7--18--p7-p5--7--19~----|
|---------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------|

Another short sliding/tapping lick



   T
|--17-/--19\-17-p15--p-12--h-15---------|
|---------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------|
|------------------------------x-?------|
|---------------------------------------|


4 Finger Tapping

Four finger (and eight finger) tapping is kinda hard. You’ve got all this knowledge of where the notes are supposed to go but When you try to play a piece, your right hand fingers won’t co-operate. Like anything it’s gonna require hours and hours of practice until you get to the point where it comes to you straight away.

Tap with your right hand first finger on the 17th fret, then tap with your right hand pinky on the 21st. Use your right pinky to pull back off to the 17th then pull, pull, hammer and repeat. Then drop down to the B string and do the same thing. Move down a couple of frets and repeat it..



    T   T
|---17--21--p-17--p12--p-9-h12----------|-T---T---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------|-17--21-p-17-p-12--p9--h12-------------|
|-------------------------------x--2----|------------------------------x2-------|
|---------------------------------------|---------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------|---------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------|---------------------------------------|



Repeat each bar twice…


      T   T
|-----15--19---p15-p-10---p-7--h10------|--T---T--------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------|--15--19--p15--p10---p-7-h-10----------|
|-------------------------------x-2-----|------------------------------x-2------|
|---------------------------------------|---------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------|---------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------|---------------------------------------|


Here’s another riff

(Right Hand) [1] first finger
[2] second finger
[3] third finger
[4] pinky



   T   T  p   p   p  h       T   T  p   p   p  h
|-------------------------|--17--20--17--12--8--12--|
|--17--20--17--12--8--12--|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------x-2---|------------------x-2----|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
[1] [4] [1]  4 1 4
[1] [4] [1] 4 1 4




   T   T  p   p   p  h       T   T  p   p   p  h
|-------------------------|--15--19--15--10--7--10--|
|--15--19--15--10--7--10--|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------x-2---|--------------------x-2--|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
[1] [4] [1]  4 1 4
[1] [4] [1] 4 1 4





   T   T  p   p   p  h       T   T  p   p   p  h
|-------------------------|--13--17--13--8--5--8----|
|--13--17--13--8--5--8----|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|--------------------x-2--|---------------------x-2-|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
[1] [4] [1]  4 1 4
[1] [4] [1]  4 1 4


ok that’s enough of 4 finger tapping , go out and find/make some up licks for yourself

Tapping Tricks
Tap the 8th Fret with your index finger and pull off to the 5th fret.Then hammer on the 8th fret with your pinky on the left hand, this lickmakes you sound like you playing at the speed of light if you pull it offreally fast and continuous.


    T
E|--8p5h8p5--Keep Repeating Extremely fast!!!!---------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
    1   4


 

There are many small tricks used with tapping such as sliding the tapping finger and tapping harmonics. [1] index finger, right hand [4] pinky, left hand

Well that’s it for now shredders, go out and find some great tapping pieces to play!

Eruption
Judgment Day Tapping
One (Tapping Bit)
Joe Satriani’s stuff

By Jaymz

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