One-on-One Tapping Lesson 2
- Randy Rhoads style variations (etc.)

Tapping lesson 2

Time to get into a little more advanced tapping licks. By adding new notes here and there to our first pattern (tapping lesson 1) - it is possible to slide into advanced stuff pretty quickly.

Make sure to study this serie of tapping lessons in the right order - if you do so + practice seriously, you should hopefully get this technique down pretty quickly.

If some of the intervals seem to "stretchy" for you - just skip them for now. By applying these patterns to intervals you feel comfortable with, you will increase your stretching ability without noticing. (Make sure to give it some time, though!)

As soon as you feel comfortable alternating between two patterns OR alternating between two positions on the neck (doesn't matter if you are using a single pattern) - you should apply the licks/patterns to a scale and start improvising. (Why not have a go at the A minor scale?)

Backing track Tapping Lesson 2 backing (140 bpm)

Backing track Tapping Lesson 2 backing (110 bpm - no guitar)

Scale charts A minor shapes

TabFull tab


Write a Tapping Solo!

In this part of the lesson we get a little more theory-oriented. But don't worry - even if you don't know any theory you should be able to follow.


Tapping lesson part 2If you watch this section carefully and immediately give it a try over some chords of you own - you will hopefully get some insights on how to create your tapping solos.

Part of the lesson consists of understanding when and where to use minor/major triad arpeggios. + Over which chords to use them.

If you have an A minor chord - you should play an A minor triad arpeggio. Now if you have an A5 chord (in rock situations you are most likely to get a "5" chord) - follow the procedure described in the video to choose the right arpeggio.

A minor





Once again if you are new to the guitar/soloing and feel you will never get a hold of flashy speed licks, tapping is the way to go!

Good luck,

Related lessons:
One-on-One Tapping guitar lesson 1
One-on-One Tapping guitar lesson 3
One-on-One Tapping guitar lesson 4



     Lesson Questions, Feedback & Comments

post 5th February 2007


Hey kris,

When u move up the fret board for tapping ( as shown here in this instructional video) do u mute the strings with right hand?
Kristofer Dahl
post 5th February 2007


Sam: Yes I always try to mute with both hands when possible! More about it here:
post 7th February 2007


Hey Kris Im really enjoying the Tapping lessons! I have a question though, I feel as if I'm not getting a lot volume when tapping I find I have to turn my volume on quite high. Should I just hammer on with my right hand harder? Or just make sure I have my volume on high?
Kristofer Dahl
post 7th February 2007


Willster: If you mean the volume knob on the guitar - it should almost always be on full.

If you mean the volume on the amp: I suggest that rather then increasing volume, increase the distortion. smile.gif
post 1st March 2007


Hey Kris! This lesson rocks. I love it. I like this technic because it is so simple and you can combine so easily with scales... just on one single string!!! Cant wait to see your other lessons.
Hats off.
Just one question can you apply left hand technics like slide or bend to your right hand?
Kristofer Dahl
post 3rd March 2007


Thanks! biggrin.gif

Good point, you can definately apply those techniques to the right hand - with a bit of practice! When you are there you will have style with loads of possibilities! biggrin.gif
post 7th July 2007


Far out, this will be a great addition to my technique!!!
post 24th July 2007


Hi again kris!
Ive got this technique down pretty fast, but im wonder whats the quickest way to learn ALL of the A minor boxes?

post 26th November 2007


hey kris !question about tapping ..

i notice that when you tap you stay within the triad of 1 , 3 and just alternating between the 5 tap 1 , 3 ,5 then 1, 3 ,6 and 1 , 3 , 7 ..

Is it possible for tapping to sound nice and suitable in songs in key of A minior if lets say I were to hit the note within the scale but at random ? instead of triads but like C E and G and altering the 5th etc but just tapping random notes but within the scale? ..
post 26th November 2007


Opps , correction it wasn't meant to have "but" before "the like C E and G"..
post 4th February 2008


LwShien: i'm no tapping expert but i think that you've got the idea.

in the video kris does a couple different things:
1,3,5 - 1,3,6 like you've noticed.
1,3,5 are the notes E, G, and B which is an Em triad.
1,3,6 are the notes E, G, and C which is an inverted C chord (C/E)

he also does:
1,3,5 - 7,2,4 (in the little pleasant practice jamming thing) which is shifting from an Em triad to a D triad.

what you're asking about tapping random notes within the scale works, but i dont think it would sound as good as if you change the triad which you're fretting (or tapping)-- for example if you're playing an Am, C, G, E progression i think at least one of the notes you're tapping over each chord should be a chord tone.

Even though it might look like he's playing/tapping random notes, he's ended up playing chords within the scale!

Obviously all rules can be broken in music, so in the end i guess its whatever you feel like doing.

listen to the little parts of tapping solos in "Metallica - One, and Welcome Home Sanitarium" and "Ozzy - Crazy Train"
and you'll hear what i mean.

If it sounds good, go for it! :-D
post 4th February 2008


the first tapping pattern i learnt was this:

T p h T p p
right tap, right pull off, left hammer, right tap, right pull off, left pull off

its played as 16th note triplets.

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