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Wild Tapping Through Arpeggios. Madness!

Jake Lizzio (985) · [archive]
Style: Other · Level: Advanced · Tempo: 200
Pages: 1 2 3 4

So what is an arpeggio?

Every chord (like A, Dm, Fdim, Cmaj7) is composed of just a few notes. When you play those notes together at the same time (strum), we call it a chord. If you seperate the notes and play them one at a time, we refer to it as an arpeggio.

Major 7th Arpeggio

A major 7th chord is composed from the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th notes of a major scale. In our example below, we start by playing an D major 7th arpeggio. The full D major scale is

D E F# G A B C#

The 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th notes are D, F#, A, C#. Those are the notes we will be tapping for the following lick.

Playing the Lick

The highest note on each string will be tapped by either the index finger or middle finger of your picking hand. It is advised that you learn some elementary tapping licks before diving headfirst into this one. When you get to the first string, the pattern reverses and goes back down.

Your left hand will have to deal with some decent stretches, so be sure to keep the thumb on your fretting hand low, near the middle of the neck to allow for easy stretching.

The biggest battle to overcome with this sequence is keeping the noise down. When you are done tapping on a string, it is very likely that by pulling your fingers off, you will set the string into motion and it will ring out. You can avoid hearing any noise by using the palm of your tapping hand to touch the lower strings after they are played to mute them. This is difficult, but you can master the technique by praciticing slowly.

After you play through the full Dmaj7 arpeggio twice, you move everything down a half-step (one fret) and play the exact same shape twice again. You can end however you like, in this case I end with the chord, C#maj7.

Above all else, practice slow

After you've done a good half hour of practicing painfully slow, then go wild and see how fast your fingers can move. Go hyper-global-mega-speed on it, set your fretboard afire.
Wild Tapping Through Arpeggios. Madness!