Intro to Guitar Tapping

This free rock guitar lesson by Peter Vogl is on the basics of guitar tapping, or what is more correctly called right hand legatos. In the video we will use the backing track "rock song in E", which is track 15 from the Let's Jam! Blues and Rock CD. If you’ve ever done a hammer on and a pull off with your left hand, you are already familiar with the technique required for tapping the guitar. I like to use my middle finger on my right hand for tapping so I can continue to hold on to my pick as usual. Some folks like to use their index finger but this requires moving your pick into your hand and may slow you down.

Watch the lesson: Quicktime


Set up your amp with distortion and let’s get started. First place your left index finger on the 5th fret @ 2nd string. Now take your right hand middle finger and hammer on the 8th fret second string. Now pull off with an upward motion-or towards the 3rd string.

tapping tab


Next we'll add a hammer on with your left hand 4th finger. Here’s an important trick that helps clean up the sound especially when you are using distortion. Let the back of your right hand or the wrist area rest on the lower string to mute them. This will keep them from making a lot of noise.

guitar tapping 2


Now let’s learn how to do a bend and tap. Bend the 8th fret 2nd string. Tap with your right hand at the 12th fret 2nd string. Now return the bend.


Let’s try this again but adding another tap. Bend the 8th fret 2nd string, tap at the 12th fret. Now tap at the 15th fret as well. Return the bend.


Now let’s hear these licks in context against track 15 of the Let's Jam! Blues and Rock CD. That completes our intro to tapping video. I hope you have enjoyed this lesson and I will see you again soon.

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