A Mi­nor Tap­ping Lick

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

This month’s lick started as an ex­er­cise I used to give pupils who wanted to play Van Halen’s Hot For Teacher in­tro, but found the stretches too tough. Al­though it uses the same tech­niques it stands per­fectly well on its own. Which just goes to show how ma­nip­u­lat­ing other peo­ple’s ideas can spawn new ones. It’s based on notes from Am Pen­ta­tonic with added 2nd/9th: A-C-D-E-G-A-B. Keep it rhyth­mi­cally and dy­nam­i­cally even, and avoid han­dling noise by si­lenc­ing strings you’re not play­ing with palm mut­ing and fret­ting­hand damp­ing. When try­ing ideas of your own, keys that fa­cil­i­tate the use of open strings will be best; so look at keys such as G, Em, D, Bm, A, F#m, E, C#m to be­gin with.

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