JW’S Example 4 TAP/ BEND COMBINATION
If you’re familiar with Van Halen’s debut album, then you’ll recognise this idea. Here, we see the bend- hammer combo from example 2 raised a few notches, by separating the workload between bending hand ( fretting) and hammering ( picking). It’s possible to bend either before or after tapping, and both are reflected here. The most difficult aspect is keeping unwanted noise at bay, so mute idle bass strings with the palm of your hand – I tuck the pick into the first finger, and mute with the thumb; either approach works well, so go with what feels most natural.