Monday, July 23, 2012

"Insanity 101: Tapping Into Mastery"

- David "Skinny Devil" McLean
originally published at Insane Guitar, 2004

I’ve been asked a lot as of late about tapping, or “touchstyle”, so I thought we’d revisit this topic as we boldly shred into the new year. The questions I’ve received have been about how to break beyond the standard “Eruption” style of applying tap technique, so I thought we’d take a brief look at some ideas that will translate well to both electric and acoustic styles of playing. They are also in the key of Am (C major) so that you can experiment freely in a single key.

The first example is designed to break into multi-string tapping by using a familiar form. Try this not only using your primary tapping finger, but with several fingers of your pick hand.


Example 2 gets a little more complicated. As always, begin slowly and build up speed while trying to play it flawlessly. Be especially wary triplette section at the end, which will provide a bit of a challenge, and keep the slide extremely clean and precise.

Example 3 is held over a single chord. Try this sort of thing with any chord or chord progression, using multiple tap fingers.

This should get you started. Try these ideas out on electric and acoustic, then expand them to fit your style. As always, drop me a line if you have any questions or want to share your results!

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