Tapping guitar is best guitar

A dirty little secret of guitar performance is that basic tapping is one of the easiest things in the world to learn and it sounds amazing.

This is an advanced example of tapping on multiple strings.

The hardest part of learning complex riffs like this is just remembering where all of the notes are, but that just requires patience and drill practice. It’s legato-style, so the notes sound very clearly without requiring much attention to detail.

All things considered, I shouldn’t be neglecting da blergh, so we’ll be back to the normal posting schedule starting tomorrow.

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3 Responses to Tapping guitar is best guitar

  1. Rime says:

    Tapping really ought to be the preferred method of playing electric guitar as it takes full advantage of instrument’s capacity for harmony and melody. There are a ton of tapping guitarists, a ton of talented guitarists, and some talented tapping guitarists. This being the case, what is keeping guitar from developing into a serious rival to keyboard instruments?

    History
    The guitar has a history of plectrum and fingers style playing, as tapping on acoustic guitar requires a level of skill and hand strength found only in experienced players. Acoustic guitars are difficult to hear even with heavy picking. Guitar cannot be heard in even a mid-sized ensemble. There is a large body of works, particularly for solo guitar that take this into account, making it difficult for a young student to study tapping as more than a mere curiosity.

    Scholarship/Schooling
    Electric guitar has yet to be seriously accepted by art/academic musicians. It remains largely a self-taught instrument outside of jazz (which uses a plectrum for obvious rhythmic reasons). Until the instrument has dedicated schools of competing thought the instrument will continue to rely on musical geniuses and virtuosi to record music and methods from which future generations of guitarists can attempt to learn from. This raises the cost of learning tapping on our instrument to prohibitively high levels as one must wade through a sea of plectrum and fingerstyle picking before coming across tapping. It took me two years of playing to find Van Halen, it took me another three to find Tosin Abassi. Ludicrous!

    Design
    Because the fretboard has very little in the way of visual/textural contrast it can be extraordinarily difficult to visualize the fretboard while reading music. Overcoming this requires a new method of memorizing the neck. Also, lowering the string height for ease of tapping goes directly against common design philosophy carried over from acoustic guitars.

    All this being said I don’t do much tapping as I find I can’t swing well without a pick or fingers. I find it difficult to get that perpetual rhythmic energy going unless I’m cutting up the strings.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      Effortpost puts OP to shame!

      • Rime says:

        Thank you! Music is my ballgame (not in the melony sense). And I’ve been watching the Altrugenics forum and I can tell you that Edenist Whackjob is getting awfully close to independently coming to some of the same conclusions I have made about music. I don’t want to say more because his thoughts are vindicating mine (and others).

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