Welcome back. Hope you’re ready to get cracking with a new guitar lick. :-)
In this guitar lesson we’re going to take a look at a guitar lick that is in the style of Steve Vai. It involves playing a G Major Seventh arpeggio using nothing but hammer-ons, pull-offs, and tapping.
I need to say hear that I don’t intend to go in-depth into the theory behind arpeggios in this lesson. But I will mention here that a major seventh arpeggio is constructed by taking the first, third , fifth and seventh notes from a major scale. So that would mean that the notes of a G Major Seventh arpeggio are…
OK, now that we’ve touched on what arpeggio the lick is based around, let’s take a look at the lick itself…
Rock Guitar Lick 12: Major Seventh Arpeggio Tapping Lick
This is yet another lick that I composed from the E Natural Minor scale. (Yes, I do know other scales, but I feel that it’s very helpful to initially learn licks that are the same key!). And as I mentioned earlier, it is played using hammer-ons, pull-offs and tapped notes. The interesting thing about the lick is that it uses two different types of tapping…
Right-Hand (RH) Tapping: T2
This is when you use your picking-hand to fret notes. In the lick above, there are three places where this technique is being used. All of the notes being played with right-hand tapping are indicated by the symbol T2. This symbols means that you should use the second finger of your picking-hand to tap the note. Of course, that’s my preference, and you’re free to use a different finger if you prefer!
Left-Hand (LH) Tapping: )
This type of tapping is done with your fretting-hand, and is also called “Hammer-Ons from Nowhere”. It involves articulating a string that isn’t currently sounding by hammering onto it. There are three places this technique is being used in the lick, and they are all indicated by the symbol ).