Tapping On One String

This lesson introduces the technique of tapping with the right hand. We will first focus on tapping just one string patterns.

After mastering the technique of tapping on one string, it is pretty easy to move to multiple strings.

Tapping in particular is a technique that is used predominantly in rock and metal music. Although relatively simple and easy to perform, it sounds devastatingly fast when perfected.

The key to tapping isn't particularly speed, but accuracy. When listening to a fast guitar passage you will be amazed by how much faster and exciting a cleanly performed passage sounds than a sloppily performed passage at the same or higher tempo.

If you have never tried tapping before, take your time with these exercises until they feel like second nature to you. After that, try to expand upon them by whatever means necessary.

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Tapping On One String


  1. Jake D on August 16, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Ok. I can physically hold the chords barred on the 5th fret. I physically, (at this point) no matter how hard I squeeze, shift or contort my hand, can’t hold the chords barred on the 3rd fret. From what I can tell there is no difference between barring it or holding it with your thumb, unless I’m missing something. If there’s a difference I’ll keep working on it but if there’s not, then I’m just going to bar it. And I’m just playing EBGD on the 5th fret chords correct?

    And cannot WAIT to play that amazing solo (at 75% speed, ha)

    • Carl Brown on August 17, 2014 at 10:20 am

      Hey Jake, yeah there really is not much of a difference from doing a full bar to using your thumb so go ahead and do the bar if that is more comfortable.

      I was just teaching it the way EC plays it but that definitely isn’t right for everyone. I would prefer to bar it myself. 🙂

      Oh yeah and watch out for that solo… it’s a doozy. Haha


  2. mark page on February 21, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    you are the best teacher on the internet carl,god bless you for teaching all of the stuff for free….

  3. Punit gupta on May 16, 2021 at 9:11 am

    Can i learn tapping on acoustic guitar?

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