Get The Tone
Although the increased sustain and compression produced from using more ‘gain’ makes tapping easier, it also increases your chances of producing extraneous handling noise. Your tone will suffer too. Consequently, you need to find a working compromise between being prepared to work a bit harder with less gain, but not making things tortuously difficult. Typically, most amplifiers would be set as above for a rock tone. As usual, I used a Fender Strat on the lesson’s audio, and, as its single- coil pickups are much weaker than humbuckers, I always use a distortion pedal to boost the signal before it gets to the amp. Generally, if you have a guitar with single- coil pickups, go for 25% of your distortion from the pedal and 75% from the amp.