Guitar Lesson 40: Practical applications for adding tapping and sweep picking into your playing

In guitar lesson 40, we look at some techniques and practical applications of those techniques.  I ask Dan for some help in using tapping and sweeping in my actual improvisations and we begin to examine how you can practise applying these techniques over a backing track.  With hints and some licks throughout, this promises to support adding some advanced techniques into my improvisations.

Main timings:

00:01:27 Dan’s improvising over the back track from: Funky Blues Rock | Guitar Backing Track Jam in A
00:06:42 Some thoughts about over intellectualising our playing and what level you should be to be in a band
00:09:14 Debunking waffle you might hear on forums and the myths surrounding the myths around the techniques
00:09:45 What is the complexity and difficulties you might find when tapping
00:10:40 Ultimately what does tapping mean – what function does it play?
00:11:44 Don’t just play the same licks all the time – use techniques to incorporate into your sound
00:13:40 Debunking tapping 1: muting
00:16:15 Debunking tapping 2: get used to using lots of fingers to tap
00:17:00 Adding tapping into something else
00:18:54 Coming up with a lick that we can add a tap to…
00:21:09 Learning point: phrasing idea – borrowing from the rhythm of a lick to extend into further improv
00:23:39 Debunking tapping 3: if there’s a note you can’t reach then tap it.
00:24:52 Use the idea of tapping to reach notes out of reach of your right hand
00:25:31 Start of backing track with tapping hand sticking in the occasional note
00:31:39 Debunking tapping 4: Getting the rhythm right for tapping licks (often a tap is adding two notes)
00:33:29 Using open strings when tapping
00:35:35 hearing that lick over the backing track
00:36:33 Keeping it based around the pentatonic scales
00:36:41 Tapping in more places up the neck
00:37:06 Playing the pentatonic with the left hand over the tapped dorian scale
00:40:04 Steve Lukather style bending licks echoed in your tapping hand
00:41:09 Debunking tapping 5: Practise getting the same finesse of feel with your tapping hand as with your fretting hand
00:44:01 Backing track to conclude the part of this lesson on tapping
00:46:32 Debunking tapping 6: allow the vibrato and bends to come through from the left hand into the tapped note
00:47:13 Start a flurry with a tap off the right hand
00:47:50 Tapping an arpeggiated idea
00:48:51 Sweep-picking
00:49:23 Starting with three-string sweeps
00:50:14 Useful phrase where the top note keeps dropping chromatically
00:51:42 Slipping the three note per string sweeps into some improv
00:53:07 Go up the Am three string arp and come back down the C arp
00:54:18 Using the Am C lick
00:56:33 Now look at extending across more strings
00:57:41 The reason for adding the additional note – so the lick rhythmically fits
00:58:18 How to make the tone on your guitar sound better for sweep picking
01:01:28 Going up a swept arpeggio in chunks and smaller rhythmic phrasing
01:02:13 Take the sweeps and investigate through the scale.  See whether you can find other uses
01:05:01 Summarise the part of the lesson on sweep picking
01:05:40 Sweep picking all the chords for Hotel California

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