Tony MacAlpine Tapping Lines

by Ben Higgins

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  • Welcome to my new lesson!

    I've looked at the guitar playing of Tony MacAlpine before but this time I wanted to break down some of his signature techniques and make them more manageable and attainable for any intermediate guitarist looking to add new ideas to their playing.

    We're working with a 4 note D Major 7th arpeggio. The arpeggio shape covers two strings. We will be shifting the pattern so that it covers 3 octaves. This tapping shape is a common feature of Tony's playing and he can move it across the neck quickly and work it into his phrasing seamlessly.

    I've arranged it so that the lesson can be divided up into 3 specific patterns that can be memorised easily. The timing is 16th notes so it's simple to play over a backing track or metronome.

    Once learned, you can use this shape in any key and mess around with the speed and timing of the pattern. This lesson serves to introduce you to the notion of carrying a shape across different octaves and the use of tapping and fretting hand hammer-ons to achieve a smooth, flowing phrase.

    I recommend checking out Tony's back catalogue, specifically 'Maximum Security'.Enjoy !

    E A D G B E - Standard Tuning

    Tempo: 120bpm

    Key: D

    Ibanez RG7421, Nick Crow 8505 Amp Plugin, Guitar Suite Tube Screamer, Poulin LeCab 2.


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