Pentatonic Tapping

by Joe Kataldo

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  • Get ready to tap some notes, today I'll show you one of the most beautiful techniques on guitar, that will let you play wide intervals, with a cool legato sound, and if you are a beginner, I'll show you were to start!

    These Lesson Will Improve

    Pentatonic Knowledge

    Pentatonic Tapping - A minor - 120 bpm

    The Study connect and plays in pair two pentatonic box. The first with left hand legato, the latter with tapping, creating a three-notes per string pentatonic, with a fluid, legato sound.

    Techniques Focus

    Tapping let us play intervals, impossible with only one hand, reaching notes far away from the left hand, with the right hand finger. I prefer to use middle and sometime ring fingers, hammering on and then pulling off with a toward the ceiling movement. I don't like any rubber band or hair tie, wrapped around the nut, to dampen strings, to me it's like faking. I preferred back in days develop a good muting techniques, like many other players, using right hand palm, to mute strings above, and side of the left hand fingers to mute strings below. You don't need nothing more then some practice.

    Recommended Listening

    Steve Vai, Passion & Warfare
    Michael Romeo, The Dark Chapter
    Guthrie Govan, Erotic Cakes

    Pro Tips

    I never put my pick down! That's why I prefer to use the middle finger instead of the index one. This way I can keep holding my pick in position, ready to get in action whenever I wanna pick a fast fast passage after tapping or combine it with sweep.

    Keep Practicing!
    Joe Kataldo

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