EXTENDED ARPEGGIO TAPPING LICK
Here we see a very slick and flashy tapping lick that combines two different arpeggio shapes played in two adjacent positions. The first arpeggio is Em7 (E G B D – 1 b3 5 b7), which outlines the underlying chord. The second arpeggio is Gmaj7 (G B D F# - 1 3 5 7) - against Em7; this works great because it functions as an Em9 arpeggio (G B D F# - b3 5 b7 9). Conceptually this is called ‘arpeggio substitution’ – which is a musical idea that is well worthy of exploring further. You need to avoid handling noise, perhaps by using a hair band or ‘fretwrap’ to deaden the strings. If you are careful and accurate this shouldn’t be necessary - it will just be helpful. Timing and keeping the notes as even as possible is also very important - particularly when performing the fretting-hand slide in the first bar,s as it is easy to rush this. After you have mastered it you should develop similar ideas using different chord types at locations all over the neck.