Guitar Tapping Lesson – Make 2-Hand Tapping Sound Better Using Guitar Vibrato & Legato

by Tom Hess


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What do you get when you combine:

2-hand guitar tapping, fretting hand legato and guitar vibrato?

Answer: 

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

(Even if you can’t play fast yet.)

Best part?

With these guitar 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 guitar tapping now.

Ready to see how it’s done?

Watch the video below to improve your tapping using guitar vibrato with legato for killer licks:
 


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

Guitar Tapping Secret #1: Guitar Vibrato Mechanics


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

The answer is about 2 things:

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

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

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


Note: When you do 2-hand guitar tapping, your guitar vibrato technique must come from the fretting hand (not your tapping hand). And if there is one thing to remember about the technique of vibrato while performing guitar tapping...

...it 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 For Clean Guitar Vibrato

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

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

Simple:

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 fundamental elements that helps you master playing guitar licks with speed.
 

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Guitar Tapping Secret #3: Fretting Hand Legato

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

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 keep your guitar tapping, guitar vibrato and overall playing stay clean:
 


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.


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Guitar Tapping Secret #4: Single-String Scale Visualization

Most players only practice 1-2 scale shapes of any scale they learn to play their guitar licks.

Advanced players master scales all over the 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 guitar 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 guitar 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.

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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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