The tapping. individual approach.

The tapping. individual approach.

Music gave me the opportunity to learn a variety of techniques. When I sit down to practice some music, I’m not doing this in order to master the technique. I want to walk to the ideas embodied in the music.

Pat Martino

There are countless ways to play the right hand on the fingerboard.

Steve Vai

Tapping is a technique of sound production, which is generally associated with the guitar, however, it can be used on any string instruments.

the history of the tapping begins with ancient times. There is evidence that Niccolo Paganini used a similar technique on the violin. There are also reports that a similar technique was used in Turkish music when playing traditional instruments.

the Principle is similar to tapping, was also used on vintage keyboard instrument clavichord, the sound of which was removed due to the shock of metal pins (fret) on the strings. There are two types of tapping: one-handed and two-handed. In applying the tapping while playing the guitar lies legata technique, which includes such playing techniques like hammer on the stroke of a finger near the metal nut), pull off (breakdown finger) and slide (slide).

since the mid-twentieth century, many guitarists have increasingly sought to use two-handed tapping, which was connected with the growing popularity of the electric guitar. One of the first rock guitarists have used on the records tapping-technique was get Steve Hackett group “Genesis”. Two striking examples of the use Heceta of tapping can be heard in the songs «Dancing with the Moonlit Knight» 1973 and «The Return of the Giant Hogweed» 1971. Harvey Mandel, known for his psychedelic guitar playing, also used the two-handed tapping in the sixties. Mandel was one of the first rock guitarists, who developed this technique and actively used it for a year before Eddie van Halen and Stanley Jordan. However, Eddie van Halen has developed a crazy popularity tapping techniques, bringing it to different audiences, and has influenced many musicians, inspiring them to use this method. Thus, most people mistakenly believe that van Halen was really the inventor of the tapping. What is the impact of this technique on the guitar on modern rock music, you can talk endlessly. Suffice it to recall such modern guitarists like, Paul Gilbert, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, as immediately becomes obvious relevance of using the technical technique.

From a musical point of view, the reception has very wide application. For example, the advantage is that you can use a wide intervals without technically more complex mistrunner jumps. There is also an opportunity to build nonlinear sequences that can dramatically turn your sound, respectively, to allocate from the total mass of the guitarists that ’play all». The most interesting thing is that in comparison with other methods of playing the guitar (sweep, alternate mediator technique and others) to learn the tapping technically quite simple. Thus, mastering the basic principles of the reception, with good imagination field is not limited.

From the point of view of the composition as a whole, here you can see the positive side. Passages played by the reception based on Legato technique, will sound smooth and smooth. However, with careful design, tappingly phrases are well read. This technique always stands out in the overall sound of the band and attracts attention. So if you want to make a sharp turn in his solo or as if suddenly sink to the bottom of the ocean for five seconds in his guitar riffs, tapping is the most suitable way.

Over the past few decades, many guitar players and music educators wrote a huge amount of information on this subject. At the same time, the need for affordable, but the main thing is not uniform, the material of the tapping is still there. The majority of publications publish classic exercises built on linear techniques, which are quite easy to learn. Therefore, the purpose of this article is to give aspiring musicians, first and foremost, the desire for a unique and individual approach to the music.

Now let’s consider a few examples of ways you can vary the technique tapping.

Example No. 1. The use of the pentatonic scale.

As you know the pentatonic scale is well used in all styles of music. In this example, the first part used the patterns on three notes on a string, in the second part, six and four notes.


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Learn by example, then, starting with a slow tempo, gradually increase the speed. Make sure that the duration of all the notes were the same. Don’t forget about the technique of muting. The edge of the palm of the right hand should mute all the strings above play. For example, if you play the right hand on the third string, the edge of his palm should mute the sixth, fifth and fourth strings. The index finger of the left hand should mute one of the strings above play (tip), and all other strings play below. For example, if you press the index finger of the left hand third string on any fret, then the tip of your finger should touch the fourth string, and the rest of the finger should mute the second and first strings.

Example No. 2. The use of diatonic seven-step scales.

In this example a combination of patterns of the six and four notes on the first string. Used constantly repeating the tonic note of the Lydian mode.


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On the basis of these examples you can come up with something of my own. There is no limit of perfection. Next time we will look at some more examples. Good luck to everyone!

Author: Sergey Zyryanov