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  • #15315
    AvatarLostHope
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    Sean,

    I noticed when you tap with the pick hand that you flick the finger down (towards the ground). I find my technique is better if I flick the finger up, though that may simply because that was the way I taught myself to do it. Does it matter which direction the tapping finger moves?

    Thanks, Steve

    #26154
    AvatarSean Conklin
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    Hi Steve,

    Great question. I think this is one of those things where one’s preference is fine, whether flicking up or down. Richard Lundmark for example flicks upwards usually: https://www.infiniteguitar.com/guitar-lessons.php?lessonid=2224

    I think I’ve tried doing it upwards and it felt really awkward to me, but I’m sure it’s the other way around for some people. I personally choose to flick in the direction of gravity, haha. But yeah, go with whatever works for you. There may be times where one technique is a little more effective than the other for particular lines, like when you’re using multiple fingers at the same time to tap. But both work, and both are used by a lot of great guitarists. :thumbsup:

    #26204
    AvatarLostHope
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    Thanks Sean. Now a second question. On lesson 15 in the Finger Tapping tutorial (string skipping exercise) I am finding it difficult to prevent unwanted string noise. I am using my fret hand index finger to mute the string above and below the string I’m playing. I think I have identified the source of the noise…when I move my fret hand to the other string, my fret hand pulls the string I am leaving and creates the noise. I am finding it difficult to identify a way to mute that string. Any suggestions?

    #26206
    AvatarSean Conklin
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    Hey Steve!

    Sorry for the late response. I’m sitting here with my guitar now trying to duplicate your issue. By the way if you have means to videotape your playing that could help me see your issue more directly, but if not I’ll do my best to help via text. If you’re “pulling” your fret hand fingers off the strings you may simply be exerting too much energy/movement. It should really be very light movements, where you’re “lifting off” rather than “pulling”.

    I think the main issue is between the 3rd and 4th notes, that transition. So right after your fret-hand’s ringer finger hammers on its note, it should gently lift off while the index is still gently resting on the G, B, and high E strings. Try to pay a lot of attention to the timing of the movements, go slowly and analyze. For example when the tapping-hand’s index finger executes the first note on the D string, your fret-hand’s index finger should simultaneously be put in place on the 6th fret D string.

    Not sure if this helps much. Sometimes a little string noise is unavoidable with tapping, and for those occasions some folks choose to use a string dampener of sorts. But in general string noise can be avoided if proper movement and timing is utilized.

    If this doesn’t help maybe try uploading a quick clip of you playing this slowly and I can try to help pinpoint your issue. Best of luck man!

    #26199
    AvatarLostHope
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    Wow, I am impressed! You help me solve this WITHOUT me actually showing you my problem. You absolutely nailed my issue. I was pulling my index finger off way too hard. After practicing the transition very slowly and “softly”, and gradually increasing speed, I have been able to make it a lot smoother with much less string noise. I know this was a tough question, but I appreciate you taking the time to figure it out for me!

    #26201
    AvatarSean Conklin
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    Awesome!! Very glad I was able to help Steve. Not a problem. On the same note check out Rick Graham’s Economy of Motion lesson. It touches on not exerting too much energy/movement, only what’s necessary and nothing more. Rock on brother!

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