What is Tapping?
Tapping techniques are used across many styles of music and in many different ways. Tapping is essentially using hammer-on and pull-off technique with your picking hand to make notes, rather than picking or strumming. Double tapping is using both hands to perform those hammer-ons and pull-off techniques simultaneously.
It's used in everything from the rock styling of greats like Eddie Van Halen and Angus Young, to the acoustic styling of Andy McKee and Mike Dawes, to the modern prog styles of Tosin Abasi and Sarah Longfield.
Using an example that wasn’t eruption by Eddie Van Halen would feel wrong. Watch him perform it live with his double tapping technique.
There are three common categories:
Ben Eller breaks down each part of learning how to tap in this lesson -- an oldie but a goodie:
Important takeaways from the lesson are:
Not only can you tap with one finger on your picking hand, but you can use multiple fingers. Check out this advanced level lesson by Joel Hoekstra on multi-finger tapping.
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