Sunday, July 25, 2010

Beginner Guitar Tapping Exercise

Another bonus guitar lick for the weekend tabbed with Tiny Lick. No video for this lick but it is pretty straight forward. This is the first tapping guitar lick I ever learned. It is a basic triplet pattern played on the B string. Eddie Van Halen uses a simliar lick in the outro guitar solo on "Eruption". You start by tapping the 12th fret of the B string with your index finger of your picking hand (although some people prefer the middle or ring) use a gentle and slight downward motion to flick of the string and sound the 5th fret E note on the B string that your left hand will already be fretting. I think of this motion just like a pull off. If you are just starting tapping be careful to keep the string in tune when flicking off with the tapping finger. Once the E note is sounded you hammer on the the F# - do this twice. Repeat this except next time hammer onto the G on the 8th fret instead of the F#.  Practice this using a metronome and with a triplet rhythm. Monday we will look at a slight varitation of this exercise where the note being tapped alternates as well.