STUDY 7 Tap­ping ‘Chop-builder’

Guitar Techniques - - Play: Rock -

As soon as Van Halen’s de­but al­bum hit the shelves the rock gui­tar world went triplet-tap­ping crazy! This study takes these triplet fig­ures in the rock-friendly key of A mi­nor (pen­ta­tonic) and moves through the six pos­si­ble per­mu­ta­tions us­ing three notes only and plac­ing each note at each point in the se­quence. Tak­ing ideas like this through each per­mu­ta­tion is a great way to de­velop and ex­pand, 777 as some will come eas­ily and oth­ers less so and you can de­cide which vari­a­tions work for you. En­sure you mute idle bass strings with ei­ther the palm or the thumb and be sure your ham­mer- ons are crisp and firm. The fi­nal ex­am­ple takes vari­a­tion 7d and places this is a more ex­pan­sive set­ting. This ex­am­ple has been rhyth­mi­cally dis­placed so that each three-note idea re­peats against a 16th note (four events-per-beat) pulse. If your rhythm read­ing isn’t up to scratch make sure you lis­ten care­fully to the GT au­dio.

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