Right Hand Tapping pt. 3
I can’t believe this is already the third column on tapping. Some of you may be thinking “ When is he going to move on to something else?”. Well, why end something as cool as two hand tapping?. I mean we can never have enough arpeggio’s or insane string skipping exercises so why neglect the endless possibilities of tapping. To take it a step further, I ‘ve never seen a complete book on the technique so there is a huge void to be filled on the subject and I’ll continue to contribute as much as I can!.
Let’s see what’s on tap this month ( pun intended).
In the Ex1. I borrowed a picking exercise from Paul Gilbert and just harmonized it in thirds. This can be played pretty darn fast when both hands are synchronized and when we throw in some sequencing as in Ex2, things really heat up! Remember to keep your fingers relaxed and rest your thumb on the neck for support. The tapping should come from your fingers and not your wrist.
Ex.3 is an A maj7 arpeggio with the RH playing a third above along with a cool ending note. Try this with any chords you like and you’ll find there are no boundaries. Ex.4 & Ex.5 are some nice add9 chords with the RH adding some chord tones. Again, experiment with all chords and tap non chord tones to achieve some really hip sounds..
Ex.6 is a very short journey into the blues and will get the RH comfortable with soloing over left hand chords. This example sounds much better if you swing the eighth notes. I suggest going through a basic 12 bar blues progression and get used to soloing with the right hand and chording with the left. I should mention the left hand needs to be strong when hammering the chords but at the same time let the guitar do the hard work. If your action is too high, lowering it will make life way easier when tapping.
So have fun working on these and next month we’ll do some more but get a little more soloing over left hand chords. Any comments would be great so feel free to drop me an e-mail anytime. Take care !!
See ya next month!
– Jeff Wilde