EXAMP LE 3 The five-stringed Am arpeggio is embellished using notes on the top two strings taken from A Aeolian. During the descending fretting hand tapped section towards the end of bar 11, you may find that you get stronger and more reliable results if you also help things along with a light up sweep. This doesn’t have to join on any particular note; go by instinct until it feels right. EXAMP LE 4 Here, in bar 15, the same basic Am arpeggio shape has been embellished with surrounding notes from the A minor pentatonic scale, giving us a combination that traverses all six strings. Although techniques like sweeping and tapping can be very efficient and economical, it is important that your time-keeping isn’t compromised as you make the transition from one technique to another. In this example, it’s important to stick slavishly to a strict 16th-note triplet count throughout, making sure that all the notes are even in dynamics and volume. Remember, your listeners are not interested in the technicalities - they just want to hear the music. Finally, notice that the first note of beat 3 in bar 15 (C on the first string) can also be played using a fretting hand tap, rather than the pick as shown in the example.