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Two-hand tapping

Tapping involving both the fretting hand and the strumming hand. The strumming hand may tap a higher note while the fretting hand performs hammer ons and pull offs. This can produce combinations of notes which would be almost impossible to play at speed with only one hand.

Lessons for: Two-hand tapping

1: Guitar Tricks 57: Two-Hand Tapping

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Play like Eddie! This week on the channel Neal gives you an easy starter kit for two-hand tapping. These skills are the foundation of Eddie Van Halen's famous technique and super fast playing style.





2: Guitar Tricks 133: Two-Hand Tapping Bends

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Using tap-bend and bend-tap, Neal shares some very cool Eddie-inspired licks up and down the neck. These concepts are fairly simple and will get you playing fast hammer-on licks ala Eddie, lickity split! Tip of the Week: how to shift your pick from fingers to tapping position





3: Basic Tapping Technique

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Here is an introduction to the basic tapping technique. You can use any finger you want when you tap. However, since you normally have a pick in your hand, it's hard to use our index finger. I use my middle finger most of the time and my ring finger at other times. Experiment and see what feels best to you. The trick is hammering down hard on the string, right between the frets. You want to be able to sustain the tapped note, and get it to ring as loud as if you had picked it. This may take some time if you've never tried it before. Next, practice pulling off the tap...

4: What Is Tapping? What Is It Good For?

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Essentially, to tap means doing hammer-ons and pull-offs with the hand you normally pick with. It can be a bit tricky at first to get a good sound from your tapped notes - ideally, you want them to ring as loud as if you had picked them. Tapping enables you to play a wider range of notes on one string, which is very useful for playing fast arpeggios. The way the guitar is built is more scale friendly, than arpeggio friendly, because the notes are spaced wider apart.

5: Tapping Technique Closeup

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In this lesson I give an overview of tapping technique. Picking hand tapping should be thought of and used in a way that is essentially the same approach as fretting hand hammer-on and pull-off technique. We are striking and releasing the string in order to get it moving and create sound.





6: Tapping Licks Over A Rock Riff

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In this lesson I show the rock riff in A pentatonic minor I am using as a basis of the backing track we will use to practice our tapping licks. Next, I go over the specific tapping licks I am going to use. The first lick stays in one position. We will play the first box with our fretting hand and the second box with our tapping finger. Play this one as many times as you need to in order to get it right. The next lick involves changing boxes, going up with each pattern.

7: His Hand in Mine: Introduction

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Hi everybody, it's Mike from Guitar Tricks teaching you "His Hand In Mine", as made famous by Elvis Presley. This is a southern gospel classic that we'll learn campfire style on an acoustic guitar. Any acoustic guitar is suitable for this tutorial. In the following lessons, we'll talk about open chords, alternating root notes, and incorporate a few single note runs into our chord strums. We are in the key of D, a 4/4 time signature, at a tempo of 76 bpm.

8: Left Hand Training: Introduction

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Hey, it's Caren Armstrong for Guitar Tricks! Today we'll be taking a look at some fundamental skills for training a strong, accurate left hand. Please be ready to work with these first position chords: G, C, D, A7, and E minor. Take your time working through these lessons, be stubborn and patient, keep breathing and finally, listen to your body. When your fingertips, fingers, hands start to actively burn/ache/spasm, take a break or use some of the "no muscle" techniques I will demonstrate throughout this tutorial. Our goal is to give our brain quality information ...

9: Tapping: Level 4 Intro

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Welcome to Tapping: Level 4! We will increase the technical difficulty in this tutorial, so make sure you can play all of the licks in Tapping: Level 3 without difficulty before moving on to this tutorial. In this tutorial, we will step away from the triad arpeggio approach, and play licks using notes that are closer together, and I will introduce you to tap slides. Let's begin!



10: Willie and the Hand Jive: Introduction

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Hi everybody, this is Lee Wanner and today I'll be teaching you "Willie and the Hand Jive", as made famous by the Johnny Otis. This song has a pretty standard chord progression, bluesy solos, and great "Bo Diddley" beat. The song is in a 4/4 time signature, and tempo is 104 BPM.





11: Tapping Harmonics

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As a little bonus tapping trick, let's learn how to tap harmonics. It's pretty simple, but can sound really cool when used right. The main idea is to tap down hard right on the fret that is 12 frets up from your fretted note.





12: Tapping: Level 3 Intro

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In the previous tapping tutorials we learned the basic tapping technique, why tapping is useful, different rhythms and how to find the notes to tap. This tutorial will focus on faster tapping licks - the way they should sound! We will work on three pretty advanced examples where we play the arpeggios of each one of the chords in the chord progressions. If it's too fast for you at this point, don't worry - I've included slower versions of the backing tracks. In the lessons at the end of the tutorial you will also find speed building versions of the backing tracks -...

13: Tapping: Level 2 Intro

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In tapping Level 1, we learned the basic tapping technique, but we didn't talk about note choice. The main purpose of this tutorial is to learn how to find the notes that sound really nice over the chords you're playing over. Let's dive in!





14: Tapping: Level 1 Intro

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Welcome to Tapping: Level 1! Tapping is a great technique where you use both hands on the fretboard. While the "Van Halen" style of fast, tapped notes was used mostly during the 80s, this technique is still useful and can open your guitar playing to a new world. This tutorial will be very beginner-friendly. I will teach you tapping from the beginning. We will learn four simple exercises that will help develop tapping technique.



15: Tapping Boxes Intro

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In this tutorial we will learn to connect the 5 pentatonic box patterns using tapping technique. For these example exercises we will use the A minor pentatonic scale. Technically, these could also be considered C major pentatonic. But I am thinking of and using them as A minor pentatonic licks. If you are unfamiliar with the overall concept of the pentatonic scale and patterns then you can check out these tutorials which explains everything you could want to know about the major and minor pentatonic scales. Pentat...

16: Tapping The Next Higher Box

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Once you've got the basics of the tapping technique accomplished, then you are ready for this next lesson! Now, we start to visualize and play the notes of one pentatonic box pattern with a hammer-on and a pull-off. Next, we see and play the next higher box pattern with a tapping technique. Then, we apply this to all the strings across the fretboard!



17: Tapping The Rest Of The Boxes

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Once you've got the basic idea of seeing one pentatonic box and tapping another higher one, then it's time to put it to use! We are going to create tapping licks to play over a rock riff backing track. In this lesson I show you the riff and licks that we will play.





18: Tapping Play Along With Backing Track

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In this lesson I play the tapping licks along with the backing track. I also alternate between the licks and the rock riff. You don't have to play the riff. But eventually, it is a good idea to do this because it can help make you a better, more complete guitarist! You will be ready to go back and forth between licks and riffs like you will have to do in order to use this type of lick in when playing a real song.



19: Tapping Between The Boxes Play Along

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In this lesson I play the tapping licks with the notes in between the boxes! Again, I also alternate between the licks and the rock riff. You don't have to play the riff. But eventually, it is a good idea to do this because it can help make you a better, more complete guitarist! Working up to this is a good way to prepare for using these tapping licks in song situations.



20: Tapping The Boxes Conclusion

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In this lesson I summarize the the ideas covered in the tutorial. If you enjoyed this tutorial, then you might enjoy these others on connecting pentatonic boxes: Pentatonic Scales: Boxes & Frameworks Pentatonic Minor Scale Exercise: All 5 Shapes Pentatonic Major Scale Exercise: All 5 Shapes Connecting Pentatonic Patterns: Series 1 Connecting Pentatonic Pa...



21: Intro to Sweep Picking: The Left Hand

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One of the key secrets to sweep picking is in the left hand. Ultimately, what you're shooting for is your left hand articulating each note at the same time that your right hand plucks the string. The way in which I work on this is to try and play the notes in the arpeggio I want to sweep with my left hand only. For this tutorial, I'm going to focus on two 5 string shapes - A minor and A major - and so we'll learn the left hand notes, and then practice being able to play them with the left hand only, evenly and with timing, so we can then put it all together. The way w...

22: Hand-Wired 18W British Combo Amp

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Hearing the true tone of any amplifier can be a chore, especially if you don't know much about amps. When looking for an amplifier, consider that every amp has some qualities that will always be characteristic of its brand. However, each guitar and effect setup will have a different effect on how that amplifier will ultimately sound. It is unfortunate that players will hate an amplifier not knowing that is was their choice of guitar or effects that made it sound bad. Let's look first at how this would work with a 18W Hand-Wired British Combo Amp. This amp can be consi...

23: George Lynch Style: Pick Tapping

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Another cool technique in the style of George Lynch is pick tapping. This is exactly how it sounds- instead of using your finger to tap a note, you use the edge of the pick. Then, you use hammer-ons and pull-offs per usual. We'll look at some examples of how to do this. The key is to start slow, and get the edge of the pick to get your clear tapping sound. Then build it up, working in your hammer-ons and pull-offs, so you get a fast, ringing tap frenzy! You may ask, "but why use the pick, and not your finger?". We could give you a Spinal Tap inspired answer ("because ...

24: Left Hand Technique for Beginners Lesson 4

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What else does the left hand do? On a more subtle level, your left hand also has a secondary, but equally important, job called muting. This means that your left hand fingers will also have to stop strings from making unwanted sound; this is also called fretting hand muting. Often this is done by fretting the strings that you do want to sound and at the same time using other fingers to lightly rest on the remaining strings so they do not make any unwanted sound. This might sound complicated, but with practice it can easily become an automatic process.

25: Tapping Arpeggios

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Well, the title says it all. This lesson is all about tapping arpeggios. I'm using the tap-pulloff-hammeron-pulloff pattern for all of these but there are many other variations you can experiment with. I find this pattern to be the easiest one. As for choosing what notes to play, just play the notes of the arpeggios of the chords in the backing track. In this case Dm, F, C, G. Find the notes in each triad on any one of the strings and tap away!

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