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  1. Heavyriff

    Heavyriff Strat-Talker

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    Just wondering what the perception of tapping is from the forum. I am not a gigging musician but I am a serious musician. And I do use tapping when I play, not always but I do. So do people frown upon that as Tomfoolery? Is it something that wows a crowd that are not guitar players but turns off those who are? Thoughts please.
     
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    rocknrollrich Senior Stratmaster

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    I do whatever I feel is appropriate for the song. Idgaf what on looking guitarists think. Lol.
     
  3. Dadocaster

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    In it's original form, it's kind of tired out, in the current form where a lot of players are using tapping as part of playing interesting arpeggios or lines, it's sometimes very interesting.

    For me, I like it when it's integral to what is being played.
     
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    I think the tastiest use of tapping is in the solo from Queen’s It’s Late. Came out before Eruption. Very musical. I can’t do tapping because my RH nails are long for Classical guitar. Whether I like seeing guys and gals do it depends on what the rest of the solo sounds like, before and after the tapping. Otherwise it’s just gimmicky to me.
     
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    Tapping is cool until it becomes apparent it’s the only trick in your bag.
     
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    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Ive been working off and on learning the solo to Beat it.

    It kicks my ass. Id love to play that song live. Give me another year.

    I was never interested in tapping but I like certain Van Halen songs that contain the technique.
     
  7. Heavyriff

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    I agree it has to be limited ( not the only trick in your bag) lets take the Crazy Train solo as an example. The opening to the solo is tapped, there is no other way to play it, then the middle is picked and then just before the end you could just play it out with your fret hand only (one hand tapping if you will) or pick it. If that makes any sense. I mean tapping it sounds more fluid to me.
     
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    ^^^ In a way, I feel the same about tapping as I do about slap-and-techniques on the bass: I use them in certain contexts but I don't really like whole parts based on them alone.

    When tapping is used to create a rhythm or interval jumps that wouldn't be possible to achieve any other way, it can be exciting. Bar-after-bar, it can get very 'samey'. However I see no reason to look down on the tapping technique from some purist perspective.
     
  9. fezz parka

    fezz parka Making a record.... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Tapping is a musical tool like any other. Sometimes it's great...I find it very useful.

    Examples of my tapping can be found below:



     
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    Like anything else its good when its not used like a filler, but creatively.
     
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    Very well said.

    One of the nice things about Edward is that he could play a solo without any tapping at all and still convey his essence, his expression and musicianship (like Hot For Teacher for example - for years I was sure there was some tapping there, but there isnt). But when it comes to tapping alone, nobody has ever done it with more fluidity and naturality than him.
     
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    If it fits the song, I have no problem with it. Jonathon Boogie Long is a local guy who won the Guitar Center King of the Blues contest in 2011 and I have seen him incorporate sweep picking and tapping into some blues songs live that came off outstanding brought the entire Blues Tent to their feet at New Orleans Jazz Fest.

    I found a video of him doing a song with it. taps and sweeps at ~2:10
     
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    It's cool when I see others doing it, but I don't do it and don't feel compelled to.
     
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    Yes. This is what I mean. Why don't you do it? Do you think it is cheesy? Do you think it is not musically talented? Do you find it difficult to do? What?
     
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    1930's...

     
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    Other than the rudimentary Eruption take off...I have never spent any time trying to learn how. I never heard it in my head when I was playing.
     
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    It just doesn’t fit my feeling of what the guitar is all about, which involves a picking hand and a fretting hand, both in place.

    People who tap are above me but I don’t feel a need to do it when I express myself through the guitar.
     
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    I think that is an honest answer and is probably based on the kind of music you like and play. There is no substitute for the sound of a pick and a well coordinated fret hand. But when playing certain genres a blistering tap mixed in can go a long way.
     
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    if it sounds good and fits as part of the song then that is what it is, if it is wankery then it is wankery.
     
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    Yes it can. I I have nothing against it, I just have no use for it
     
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