How to Play 4 Easy Tapping Licks in the Style of Eddie Van Halen

Welcome to Guitar Control, it’s time for some tapping legs, I’m a huge Eddie Van Halen fan well I don’t think I’m exceptionally good at tapping stuff like the crazy sweep tapping stuff there are some really cool things you can add to your playing by just some very simple tapping ideas and we’re going to cover those today.

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Example number one this is pretty simple, but it’s one of those things I always love when I hear a guitar player do this it’s all from Eddie Van Halen, we’re going to go like this this, 5/7 on the A, 5 set on the D and I go five around the G, I bend 7 on the G up and I’m tapping 12 and I go five slide.

So simple but I just love the way that sounds is that very cool kind of vocal quality to it so that’s the first, nothing too flashy but it’s just one of those little like you add.

For the next one we’re going out of A minor pentatonic and essentially what’s happening here is we’re playing two pentatonic boxes at the same time, so I’m starting right here I’m tapping box two on the higher side of it and then I’m playing with my left hand box one is a good way to kind of look at it so I’m going to go so what I’m doing is I’m tapping 10 on the high E-string, I pull off two five a hammer-on to that 8th on the high E do the same thing on the B, 10, 5, 8, then I go to 9, 5, 7, so there’s how that one’s kind of going I like the flow of that you know and once you get that concept you can expand it and you tap further out maybe don’t do box to maybe do box three you know get some cool sounds out of those.

Now the next one we are just going to be descending a scale we’re going to use our E minor pentatonic scale and I’m just simply be playing one section note. So I tap 20 on the high string and I go to 15 I’m here on 17 tap 20 and I pull off to 17, 15 then shift down. I’m going to go 17, 12, 15, then I go to 15, 10, 12, and I go 12, 2, 7, 8, 12, that’s right 10, 12, 7, 10, 12, 10, now we’re going to take another page out of Eddie Van Halen’s book.

We’re going to be like this in a couple different situations like in eruption it really got him solo and I just love it it’s such a cool thing to throw when you’re playing it’s totally Eddie, on but I’m just going to go like this in taps, I’m doing the B-string pull off the 5, 15 should I pull off to 12 and then hammer-on 17 or 15 well I’m all mixed up 17, 12, 15, you do it four times, keep tapping at 17 but you move this hand down a fret every four times there you have it.

There you have it guys, I hope you enjoyed those tapping licks. Like I said they’re more of like a beginner intermediate style of lick, I’m not super good at tapping stuff but I thought these were kind of cool to play with if you did enjoy those make sure you get the tabs and subscribe on our You Tube Channel and we’ll see you in our next video lessons, thanks for watching.

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