Magazine article Guitar Player

Technique Toolbox: "Melodic Tapping"

Magazine article Guitar Player

Technique Toolbox: "Melodic Tapping"

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MANY TECHniques that are often used for flashy soloing, like sweeping or tapping, are generally lumped in the "shredding" category. A shred solo is certainly not the only setting for those techniques, though. Tapping, for instance, is just one of many tools that can be used to construct or perform a piece of music. Tapping can also be very useful for reaching chord extensions that are impossible with a single fretting hand. With that in mind, let's look at how tapping chord shapes one note at a time can yield a unique approach to melodic playing.

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In both of these examples, you'll notice that I have included fingerings below the tablature. The numbers denote left-hand fingers, and I have employed the traditional classical notation of i, m, and a for the notes that you'll tap with the fingers on your right hand. In Ex. 1, the notes are all played one at a time and maintain a consistent sixteenth-note rhythm. …

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