Van Halen Tapping Style - Beginner

by Joe Kataldo

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  • Hi guys, in today's style lesson, Van Halen is under the spotlight, I'll show you how to tap like him in a more beginner oriented manner

    Van Halen Tapping Style - Beginner - 120BPM

    The whole musical study uses triad arpeggios to nail the the following changes:

    Am - F - G - Em

    Am - F - G - Dm

    Am - F - G - Em

    Am - F - Gsus - G

    and it's main purpose is build endurance with tapping.

    Techniques Focus

    The tapping part is quite easy, the tapped note fall always on the first sixteenth note, creating a cyclic motif patter, where two notes of the triad are played with legato and one is added with tapping. Pay extra attention to mute adjacent strings, with right hand palm to avoid unwanted noise.

    Theory Focus

    Most of the times, the arpeggios are presented as inversions, that means the lowest note may not be the root.

    Pro Tips

    More gain will make it sound easier to play, but do not exaggerate!

    See You Next Lesson,

    Joe Kataldo.

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