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In this finger tapping guitar lesson, I will show you three great sounding guitar tapping licks. These guitar tapping techniques cover three different styles of tapping and are guaranteed to impress!

Although the finger tapping guitar technique is most often associated with rock and metal music, it can be used in any style of music. Finger tapping works in blues, jazz, rock and many more styles of music.

Finger tapping is most often done with the index finger of the picking hand. But it is also possible to tap with the middle finger of the picking hand. In this guitar tapping lesson I will cover both these guitar tapping techniques.

If you are tapping with your index finger, then you will need to know a way to hold your pick when you tap! In this lesson I will show you what to do with your pick when you are tapping.

It is very important to warm up and stretch before playing these finger tapping guitar licks. Watch this video for some great stretches for guitar players:

Lick number 1 in this guitar tapping lesson is an octave tapping lick. This style of tapping is used by guitarists such as Nuno Bettencourt and Steve Vai. To play this style of tapping, we play a G shape pentatonic pattern with both hands. The lesson video shows this step-by-step in detail.

Lick number 2 uses an open string as part of the tapping pattern. This lick has a very classical sound to it, and is based on a finger tapping lick from Eddie Van Halen’s live guitar solo.

The last of our guitar tapping licks, lick number 3, uses a tapped slide. This guitar tapping technique involves tapping and sliding notes with our picking hand. This gives a very unique sound. It’s a tapping technique that works in many different styles of music.

As with any technique, start off these finger tapping guitar licks slowly. Build the speed up, but make sure to keep every note clean and in time! It is especially useful to play these tapping licks to a metronome. Set the metronome to a speed that you can play as fast and as cleanly as possible, with no mistakes. Every day when you practice them, increase the BPM of the metronome by 5.