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Your right in your first point - in my opinion, gadgets and effects are to enhance your playing, not to provide the basis of it. Right, back to the question. Let me make it plain that I am possibly the world's worst tapper, having only made an effort to start learning it myself recently. I have already learnt that practice is what you need to get any sort ...


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The video is a really good starting place to learn what he's doing since he's playing it right there. It sounds a lot like a open-D or open-G tuning. He's not playing normal chord positions or shapes, but what he is playing looks and sounds a lot like what I'd use for either of those open tunings, especially when he's hitting the "low-E" and "D" strings ...


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You might want to start with tap harmonics. It's quite easy and sound really great on acoustic. Check out this video lesson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhOzgDwMHQg (skip ahead to about 5:30).


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Depending on the type of tapping I use three mechanisms - For your Joe Satriani style tapping where you are using no open strings, I pop a handkerchief in at my first or second fret or thereabouts. This kills pretty much everything from that end of the string. On an electric guitar I also use a noise gate just to increase the level needed to be audible. ...


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I'm not too familiar with Andy McKee, so I'm taking "Art of Motion" as a representative sample. There are two things that I'm seeing/hearing that correspond to the concept of "slap". The bit that sounds a bit like a closing hi-hat that's mostly a percussive thing is what "slap"-style bassists do, pushing the low string against the frets. The other thing, ...


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Depends what your guitar is: On an acoustic or heavy strung electric pulling off to the side is essential, and is what I usually use. Many of our songs have fast hammer-ons, pull-offs and tapped runs and for some of them I use an Ibanez set up really lightly, and when using a high gain amp just releasing a finger quickly is often enough. I usually find ...


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From my experience & from forum surfing, I can confidently say that your pinky finger will always be weaker than the others. I have tried the following techniques and think that they can be used to help bridge the gap for you (aside from unfocused tapping): Tap softer with the other fingers and tap harder with the pinky finger, slowly and cleanly. ...


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Mechanically, I can think of two options: Put a damper on the fingerboard between the nut and first fret that is so precisely located that the string only contacts it when it is being fretted, but not when open. Invent a new type of fret that has some kind of damping material on the nut side of each fret so that the string only vibrates on the bottom side. ...


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From looking at Youtube videos of him playing it: yes, it's tapped harmonics. If you listen closely you'll notice that he also struggles to make them all sing (at least I noticed on the two videos I've looked at so far), so it's clear that they're not always easy to do. I find a light touch to be important to make them sing, and it takes practice to figure ...


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I was introduced to using a hair band by one of Andy James videos at licklibrary.com. Simply pull over nut of the guitar onto the first fret. Once installed it's easy to add and remove just by sliding it from the top of the neck onto the first fret. It's softly dampens / mutes the open strings but if you intentionally want to play an open note it will still ...


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Depends entirely on your taste in music, I'd suggest trying to learn a piece you know and like. Of course you could always work out some arpeggios or something you like the sound of. I think this was the first song I learned using the technique: Minus the Bear - Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse


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In moments where you have nothing to do (sitting on the bus, watching tv), you could train your hands by tapping on you knee for example. You could also stretch your fingers backwards and try to counter that with your finger muscles to basically train them. Also, what really helped me building strength in my left pinky was starting to play the piano. I have ...


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Man honestly... just do it real slow for a while. Accuracy is the most important thing so do it slow, get it right (building your finger strength all the while) and then once you have it down you can work on speed. (try a metronome and work way up to the speed you want). Plenty of free metronomes online and in the app store for your phone.


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In terms of pure strength training I do trills for each finger permutation on a random string. So if we assume 1 = index and 4 = pinky. I would trill with fingers 1-2, then 1-3, 1-4, 2-3, 2-4, 3-4 for a minimum of 30 seconds each (adjust according to strength and gradually buildup to 3 minutes or so). Furthermore, these trills would be nothing but hammer ons ...


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It would help to do some stretches. I know these are for piano, but they will still help significantly. Practice makes perfect, so I'd suggest getting a metronome and starting off very slow. Make sure to hit every note accurately. Gradually speed up. If you get to where you can't do it anymore, slow back down. Don't push yourself as you'll only become ...


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You can keep trying tapping for hours on end. You can also get one of these: http://www.physioroom.com/product/Prohands_PRO_Heavy_Hand_Exerciser/2334/39563.html?gclid=CMPLqtnV8MUCFWEOwwod-bMAtQ or one of these (which are particularly good due to the fact the little finger gets the most leverage and is therefore most likely to be trained while using this): ...



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