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mruniverce

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Can anyone tell me how to set up an amp for the best tapping sound. do you increase the gain? I just cant hear the notes well. And im pressing down on the strings hard so its not that.

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Can anyone tell me how to set up an amp for the best tapping sound. do you increase the gain? I just cant hear the notes well. And im pressing down on the strings hard so its not that.

ChristopherSchlegel

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Originally Posted by: mruniverce

Can anyone tell me how to set up an amp for the best tapping sound. do you increase the gain? I just cant hear the notes well. And im pressing down on the strings hard so its not that.

Increasing the gain can help, but only if your technique solid in the first place. For example, it's possible to do tapping & get a great result with a completely clean tone.

So, start with proper technique. Tap directly behind the fret, not on it. Make sure you don't linger too long on the string. Don't PLACE your finger, TAP it & then get off of it. When you tap, make sure to pull the string just a little as if you were doing a pull-off.

These tutorials demo the foundation of the technique.

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1474

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1277

Hope that helps! Have fun with tapping!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

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Originally Posted by: mruniverce

Can anyone tell me how to set up an amp for the best tapping sound. do you increase the gain? I just cant hear the notes well. And im pressing down on the strings hard so its not that.

Increasing the gain can help, but only if your technique solid in the first place. For example, it's possible to do tapping & get a great result with a completely clean tone.

So, start with proper technique. Tap directly behind the fret, not on it. Make sure you don't linger too long on the string. Don't PLACE your finger, TAP it & then get off of it. When you tap, make sure to pull the string just a little as if you were doing a pull-off.

These tutorials demo the foundation of the technique.

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1474

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1277

Hope that helps! Have fun with tapping!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

Funkymonk_in_GA

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Joined: 01/10/19

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Also, and just based on my experience with a Fender Strat, tapping is much louder and clearer on the bridge pickup.

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Also, and just based on my experience with a Fender Strat, tapping is much louder and clearer on the bridge pickup.