Four note per string tapping
Add a fourth note to a three note per string scale
In this exercise we will take a 3-note per string scale pattern and add the fourth note to each string. This is the tapping note.
Tapping is as a technique where you produce notes by hammering on and pulling off the fretboard with the fingers of your picking hand (usually right hand, left if you play leftie guitar). This way you can play legato style with wide interval skips.
When you tap you have to find a resting place for your right hand thumb or the ball of your hand if you're only tapping with the middle finger. A good right hand thumb resting place is the top edge of the fretboard.
Since this exercise requires you to only tap one note on each string you can get away with only tapping with one finger. I usually tap with the middle finger so that I can still hold the pick between my thumb and forefinger.
Watch out for the symbols in the tabs:
- T - tap
- TP - tap pull off
- P - regular pull off
- H - regular hammer on
D - Dorian
This is the three note per string scale with the added fourth note (colored blue):
In case you're wondering what tones are the tapping notes - they're the same as the first note of the next string in the pattern!
This is how you play it ascending: