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> #40 Intro To Vahhalen Style Tapping/hammering, The Baisic Technique Behind the Legendary Lick
Todd Simpson
post Aug 11 2018, 06:19 PM
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INTRO

Eddie VanHalen style Tapping / Hammering is the basis for a vast array of tapping/hammering type licks. However, without being comfortable playing the basic version of this, it's very tough to play the more advanced version that include pulling off to open strings and four notes/five notes/six notes per string tapping licks. So let's get back to basics and do a very simple VanHalen style lick!

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This is the basis for a HUGE array of licks that involve tapping. Once you get the hang of this type of lick, it will open up your playing in ways you never expected. But before getting in to all of that, we have to get the basics down. It's been brought to my attention that some folks have very little experience in tapping/hammering, so throwing 8 note per string tapping licks at ya may be premature. Let's start at the start and move on from there. smile.gif



*Make sure to watch the vid!.


*NOTE: Keep an eye on your muting so that you don't get wads of string noise!

BACKGROUND / COMMENTS : You can pick this any way that feels comfortable. I'm picking it using the same approach. Trust your fingers and let them guide you. Getting used to finding your way is also part of the key to breaking your own speed barrier.

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Please let me know if you have any questions about this lick, send me a PM if you like or post here. I'm happy to help!

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post Aug 11 2018, 08:48 PM
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Hello Todd,

QL40 Take 1 for review and critique please.

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That's the VanHalen approach right there!! This is the foundation of wads of tapping/hammering licks. It all starts with this. From here, it can get wildly complicated but without this foundational understanding of it, the rest seems needlessly hard. Once you get this part down, as you clearly have, the rest doesn't seem nearly as wacky. I dove in to the deep end of tapping perhaps a bit too early, thinking that folks already had this part handled. So I thought it was a good idea to go back to the start of tapping/hammering, and have a QL that I could point to as the starting point if folks have trouble with any of the later licks that are tapping/centric.

Once you get going on this, you have no trouble at all. You have the mechanics of this under control. The Tap/Pull with each finger is the real key. It gets two tones out of each strike. This makes two taps, sound like four notes. So when played at speed, this lick sounds like you are doing a four note lick at crazy pace.

It's easy to focus on the fingers, especially when this is new to them, and lose track of the beat just pinch. So I'd say try this in your practice sessions with a drum track, backing track, metronome etc. Just to give you a reference for the beat. But that's something you can do as you move forward. For quick licks, you've got it!!!!
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QL40 Take 1 for review and critique please.

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post Aug 13 2018, 09:32 PM
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Thanks Todd,

I often think about throwing some tapping in when improvising but when I try it goes to pieces.

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Don't give up! It's worth working it out smile.gif Being able to throw some tapping in is a good thing imho. It's a goal worth working on. Being able to transition between different techniques is part and parcel to being a well rounded player!


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Thanks Todd,

I often think about throwing some tapping in when improvising but when I try it goes to pieces.

Cheers

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BINGO!!! This is Tapping 101 and you nailed it. You are allowing enough space in between each tap/note and it works great. Eddie has made his career off this kind of lick. He didn't actually originate the idea, but he arguably perfected it for use in Rock music and her certainly brought it to the attention of guitar players around the world. This is the core of tapping. It all starts here and you have it well in hand. You just....
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