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Finger Tapping with Pentatonics

Instructors: Richard Lundmark, Mike Salow Total lessons in study:
In this study, you'll learn how to visualize the Pentatonic Scale's boxes and shapes and also how to tap through them.

1. Visualizing While Tapping Through Pentatonics

Free with Basic Membership 1. Lateral Pentatonic Tapping - Part 1
Exercises
Rock
Intermediate
Welcome to this tutorial on Lateral Pentatonic Tapping: Connecting The Boxes. These examples will help you to start thinking in several boxes at the same time when playing two-handed pentatonic stuff. And that does not only apply when playing boxes adjacent to each other, but also even more so when your hands are spread fa...Read More
Free with Basic Membership 2. Lateral Pentatonic Tapping - Part 2
Exercises
Rock
Intermediate
In this part we will up the level a bit. Previously we were just doing a uniform descending pattern, which in itself is quite tricky. But now we will start to use a segment that is more broken up and does not follow the scale strictly up and down. For these examples I’ve chosen the Dm pentatonic scale instead. We beg...Read More
Free with Basic Membership 3. Lateral Pentatonic Tapping - Part 3
Exercises
Rock
Intermediate
Finally, in part three, we go through the last remaining boxes on our left hand. Once you’ve have these down, then your real work begins. Now you need to try this in more keys, with different segments, and parts of the scale (or whole patterns as in part 1). Then, also try combining them with descending and ascending...Read More

2. Pentatonic Tapping Licks

4. Tapping with Pentatonics: Intro
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Rock
Advanced
Hi guys! In this tutorial, we'll be talking about three different ways to tap out pentatonics! We will be in the key of E minor and will be using three different pentatonic boxes. I suggest you familiarize yourself with the pentatonic shapes below, if you haven't already. I'll be showing you each tapping style in the for...Read More
5. Tapping with Pentatonics: Lick 1
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Rock
Advanced
Lick 1! In the first lick we'll be using the first two pentatonic shapes that were discussed. This lick is kind of in the style of Greg Howe or maybe even Michael Romeo of Symphony X. We'll be using two fingers from the left hand and one tapping finger on the right. We'll be leading with the first finger of our left hand...Read More
6. Tapping with Pentatonics: Lick 2
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Rock
Advanced
Lick 2! This one is very much using the Van Halen style of tapping. Leading with the tapping finger in the right hand. Again, three notes to each string but this time we'll be climbing up the strings in groups of three. This makes more sense when viewing the tab. Pay close attention and as always, take it slow! Enjoy!Read More
7. Tapping with Pentatonics: Lick 3
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Rock
Advanced
The final lick/style of tapping pentatonics! This final lick was inspired by Guthrie Govan's approach to tapping 7th chord arpeggios but in our case, we'll be using pentatonics.  We finally will add in our third pentatonic shape, making our lick 4 notes per sting. We will again lead with our tapping finger in our ri...Read More

3. More Pentatonic Tapping Exercises

8. Pentatonic Tapping - Exercise 1
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Rock
Intermediate
Hi guys! In this lesson we'll take a peek at two tapping sequences in the Emin pentatonic scale, incorporating open strings into the lines. This first example starts out just moving up the high E-string covering all five positions, before turning around. After we turn around we start going diagonally down across the stri...Read More
9. Pentatonic Tapping - Exercise 2
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Rock
Intermediate
In this example, we take a pretty common kind of pentatonic tapping sequence that you can find in solos of everyone from Nuno to Howe. I use this type of moving pentatonic shapes in my own soloing quite a lot. Here however, we incorporate open strings in, substituting 'regular' notes in the sequences for open string. Now, ...Read More

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