#40 Intro To Vahhalen Style Tapping/hammering, The Baisic Technique Behind the Legendary Lick
Todd Simpson
Aug 11 2018, 06:19 PM
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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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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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QUOTE (Phil66 @ Aug 11 2018, 03:48 PM) *
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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!


QUOTE (Phil66 @ Aug 13 2018, 04:32 PM) *
Thanks Todd,

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

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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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Always a pleasure to see you dig in to a Quick Lick!!! Great tone on this one as well!! You have a very good ear for tone as it relates to a given lick. This is something that takes some folks many many years to develop. You always select or create a patch that compliments the lick being played. So tone choice is pretty much perfect. Technique is spot on as well, no extra string noise, each strike is in synch and TOIGHT. This is one of those licks that you could play upside down and backwards while asleep and doing a twitch feed while gaming. smile.gif E.G. NAILED IT!!!!!!
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You've got the idea here but put a bit more gain/distortion on it as the notes sound almost like a clean tone? Muting string noise gets more difficult with more gain but it will make the entire lick sound much cooler smile.gif Your timing is spot on but try playing the entire lick a bit faster. This type of lick works best when done a bit briskly. Try to strike and pull off with a bit more force if possible though? This is worth getting right as it's the basis for so much of the EVH style tapping!

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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Dec 11 2020, 03:44 AM) *
You've got the idea here but put a bit more gain/distortion on it as the notes sound almost like a clean tone? Muting string noise gets more difficult with more gain but it will make the entire lick sound much cooler smile.gif Your timing is spot on but try playing the entire lick a bit faster. This type of lick works best when done a bit briskly. Try to strike and pull off with a bit more force if possible though? This is worth getting right as it's the basis for so much of the EVH style tapping!

Todd

I don't know why is that. I had a ton of gain on that day. Hope this one's good enough.

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It sounds about like the last one which isn't bad or anything, I just wanted to see if you could put a bit more distortion on it? It may not be possible which is fine. You've got the idea of EVH tapping here and the second take is more brisk. That's good enough for me smile.gif This type of tapping is a time honored way to do it. It's closer to the EVH style than the more complicated 5 note per string bits that we have done in the past. This style of tapping works great in solos. Give it a whirl if you can in the next collab! You've got this sorted.

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Here is my attempt Todd smile.gif

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Well done! Also nice INK! This is the basis for a TON of tapping licks. It's very important to get this down before trying the more complex tapping bits. You have a very good handle on it so I think you are ready for the crazy tapping bits that are headed your way smile.gif We are going to do more bits with open strings and complex patterns that shift around on the neck. The good news is that you are ready!!!

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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Jan 9 2021, 11:52 PM) *
Well done! Also nice INK! This is the basis for a TON of tapping licks. It's very important to get this down before trying the more complex tapping bits. You have a very good handle on it so I think you are ready for the crazy tapping bits that are headed your way smile.gif We are going to do more bits with open strings and complex patterns that shift around on the neck. The good news is that you are ready!!!

P.S. Just sent you a PM about your badges.


Thanks Todd

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Thanks Todd

I replied to the pm you sent me but Im not sure if it has being sent. Its not shown in my sent messages. Can you let me know if you have received it please.


Sent messages are only saved if you tick the "save sent message" box, if I recall correctly smile.gif

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Got it smile.gif Sent a reply as well.

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