STUDY 7 Tapping ‘Chop-builder’
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.