Guitar Tapping Lesson – This Makes 2-Hand Tapping Sound Better

by Tom Hess

The Secret To Adding Fire &
Emotion To Any Guitar Lick

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What do you get when you combine:

2-hand tapping, fretting hand legato and vibrato?


You get melodic & lyrical guitar licks that make you sound very advanced.

(Even if you can’t play fast yet.)

Best part?

With these licks, you take a technique you’d normally only hear in metal music…

…and make it fit into any style.

(Including emotional ballads, classic rock and even blues).

Yes, you read correctly.

All it takes is a couple of easy tweaks to the way you apply 2-hand tapping now.

Ready to see how it’s done?

Watch the video below:

If you struggle to make these licks sound good, here are 4 more guitar (and vibrato) tapping secrets to help you:

Guitar (Vibrato) Tapping Secret #1: Vibrato Mechanics

The Secret To Adding Fire &
Emotion To Any Guitar Lick

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Everybody knows vibrato is key to playing guitar with emotion. But what is the secret to making your vibrato sound good?

The answer is about 2 things:

Keeping your vibrato in tune & balancing the width & the speed of your vibrato.

Get these 2 things right and every note you add vibrato to will sing with heart-piercing emotion.

Watch this video to see how to practice vibrato the right way:

Note: When you do 2-hand tapping, your vibrato must come from the fretting hand (not your tapping hand). And if there is one thing to remember about the technique of vibrato... is its hand position (with the thumb over the neck of the guitar, so your whole arm rotates to get the string in motion).

Guitar Tapping Secret #2: Cleaning Up Excess String Noise

Know anybody who loves the sound of sloppy string noise? Yeah – me neither.

So, how can you mute string noise when you do vibrato tapping?


Cover the lower (in pitch) strings using your picking hand’s thumb and cover the higher (in pitch) strings using your picking hand’s middle finger.

Practice your tapping licks slowly until you can do both techniques reliably and consistently.

String noise control is one of 11 guitar playing fundamentals that helps you master guitar speed.

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Guitar Tapping Secret #3: Fretting Hand Legato

There are 2 keys to fluid, clean & relaxed legato playing.

The first key is… your fretting hand’s thumb.

Yep – your thumb. Put your thumb behind the neck of the guitar – roughly behind the middle finger.

This thumb position helps you open up your fretting hand fingers and do pull offs, hammer ons and slides with a lot of power (but very little effort).

It also makes it easy to fret notes on the finger tips.

Watch this video to see what I mean:

And the second key to smooth fretting hand legato?

Excess tension control.

When you play legato, focus on relaxing every part of your body that isn’t used to play guitar. This helps you with fretting hand finger independence and makes your playing more consistent & accurate.

Guitar Tapping Secret #4: Single-String Scale Visualization

Most guitar players only practice 1-2 scale shapes of any scale they learn.

Advanced players master scales all over the guitar neck (in every shape). I call this vertical visualization (from the 6th string to the 1st string).

Only pros can visualize guitar scales horizontally (from the open string to the highest fret on your guitar on every string).

You need to visualize scales this way too if you want to easily create awesome vibrato tapping licks.

Schedule 5-10 minutes per day to visualize your scales on one string. You’ll thank me later.

Now that you know how to do vibrato tapping, the next step is to inject all your other guitar licks with soul-satisfying emotion. And I’ve got a tool to help you do just that. Download this free lead guitar eGuide and start playing guitar licks other guitarists will want to steal from you.

Tom HessAbout Tom Hess: Tom Hess is a guitar teacher, music career mentor and guitar teacher trainer. He teaches rock guitar lessons online to students from all over the world and conducts instructional live guitar training events attended by musicians from over 50 countries.

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