Kirk Hammet And Steve Vai Style Tapping

In this installment of the "Lick Of The Week" video guitar lesson series, we will take a look at a really cool and fun tapping lick in the style of Kirk Hammett and Steve Vai.

Kirk Hammett's solo in "One" by Metallica uses this kind of tapping lick to build a lot of tension and excitement.

Feel free to do the pick hand tap with whatever finger you are the most comfortable with. You don't have to use the same finger or tapping direction that I use, it will work just fine either way.

Pay close attention to how you should finger the notes with the fret hand because that can make or break how easily you add this kind of lick to your playing.

Grab the PDF TAB download for this lesson here.

Kirk Hammett and Steve Vai Style Tapping Lick TAB PDF

Watch the video below for a thorough explanation of the technique. The video lesson not only describes how to play the lick but also how to create your own licks using this tapping technique.

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Kirk Hammet And Steve Vai Style Tapping


  1. jake on March 17, 2011 at 8:09 am

    have you ever heard of cannon rock? it’s one that has a lot of different techniques in it so i think people could benefit from it

  2. Tyler on October 11, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    I’ve heard canon rock is very nice, Carl you’ve already thought about teaching that song? I certainly watch and show to my friends.

    Thanks for the lessons !

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