Part III - Complex Tapping
last installment we talked about improving the synergy between the
right and left hands in the context of traditional picking and fretting.
This time I want to take it one step further and talk about some
advanced tapping forms. I think the first time I heard two-handed
tapping was when Eddie VanHalen used it in the beginning of "Mean
Streets". I was blown away
I had absolutely no idea what
he was doing. Now you hear many artists take advantage of this cool
technique. Jeff Watson employs this technique in many of his solos.
Greg Howe also uses it as an ingredient in his repertoire as well.
Then you have Stanley Jordan, who took it many levels beyond what
most rock guitarists have done.
sure many of you can do the basic tapping moves so that's why I'm
going to dive right into the more advanced stuff. I'm going to go
over some cool tapped arpeggios, and also a bunch of two handed
tapping exercises that have really helped me develop right and left
first 3 exercises are the tapped arps. The left hand is fretting
an arpeggio on a different part of the neck while the right hand
taps (one finger) out the same arpeggio at a higher register. This
technique is pretty hard in the beginning (at least is was for me)
but when you get it clean and up to speed it'll sound great. I definitely
advise the use of a metronome with these exercises to help mark
progress and also for timing purposes.
(L=left hand, H=right hand, T=tap, P=pulloff)