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How to improve my Tapping...

Hey all,
This is a question for all you metalheads and hard rockers. Whenever I do (or, i should say, "try") finger tapping with my right hand, the notes always come out very thin and weak. I have to use a lot of gain to make them even sound like anything at all, at which point the feedback from my crappy amplifier covers up everything. So this is really two questions: 1) What kind of amp settings should I use for tapping? 2) How can I make the notes come out more defined and more into the rhthym? Thank you all in advance.
--Justin
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Re: How to improve my Tapping...

5/7/2002 6:54 PM

Steve Cass (14763) wrote:

I'll just make a suggestion on your second point.

This is not a rule, by any means, but work on making your tapping finger attack the string on the downbeat.

And the second part is, really make your tapping finger attack. Snap it down on the fretboard.

Steve

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Re: How to improve my Tapping...

5/7/2002 8:17 PM

Inactive Member wrote:

One of the best tappers that I know uses a hair scrunchy that he pulls down to mute the strings that aren't being played.

This will help you with your confidence so that you can really attack the strings and not worry about the other strings ringing out.

The other thing that this does is prevent the open strings from vibrating which sometimes can cause harmonics at louder volumes...

But, I could be wrong... he could do this just for style...

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Re: How to improve my Tapping...

5/7/2002 9:13 PM

Jake Lizzio (985) wrote:

Justin-
Since most metal-tapping is done on the high E string, what I do is just mute the other 5 strings with my palm. I keep my right hand stretched out with the thumb-side of my palm resting against the strings I'm not using, and my middle finger pointing towards the tuning pegs. And just like it was said earlier, really attack that string. Don't just HIT it, but after you hit it, pull it down a bit (with your tapping finger) then let go so it rings out on to your other note (which is being fretted with your left hand). My middle finger doesn't go straight up and down, like a jackhammer, against the fretboard, but creates more of a slight circular pattern which pulls the string down a bit so when you release your tap, it rings out to your first note.

I hope this helps,
Jake

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Re: How to improve my Tapping...

5/7/2002 11:16 PM

Bruce Maag (15581) wrote:

Man, a person could make a lesson about tapping, and guess what, I wrote one a while back. Hope it helps shed some light on the subject for ya.

I Forgot The Name

`B`



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Re: How to improve my Tapping...

5/13/2002 2:45 AM

Justin Nagy (1219) wrote:

Woah! Talk about opening doors. I think this one will keep me occupied for quite some time! The only question I have left is about amp/guitar settings. What frequencies do I need to emphasize? I know that EVH tapped on an acoustic, so I understand that gain is not really necessary. Any thoughts?
--Justin



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Re: How to improve my Tapping...

5/13/2002 6:31 AM

Bruce Maag (15581) wrote:

A little sustain can't hurt. Whatever it takes to acquire it with your amp.

No matter what tone I'm looking for, sustain is a given, for me anyway. And that is usually going to require some overdrive, compression, etc, etc.

I just experiment around, but like you said "I know that EVH tapped on an acoustic, so I understand that gain is not really necessary"

True

`B`

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Re: How to improve my Tapping...

5/10/2002 6:07 AM

Joe Walker (2355) wrote:

I got another one for ya. It's not quite as long as Bruce's, but it offers a little different view:


Tapping Arpeggios

- J

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Re: How to improve my Tapping...

5/13/2002 10:04 AM

Dave Dean (252) wrote:

as stated by earlier replies, try to snap the string a bit when you pull off with the tapping finger.i find when doing taps on one string that my tapping finger oscillates in a nearly circular clockwise direction.this is especially necessary when you start tapping on a bass or acoustic.