Guitar Techniques - - Intro -

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.

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