Speed Slurring and Tapping

by Will Landrum
www.guitarconsultant.com

Hi everyone. I'd like to share a really fast slurred lick
today from my epic tune "Over Age". This lick chimes in as
part of the third chorus when I wanted the song to stay hot
after a "smoking gun" solo section.

I chose to share this particular lick with you because it's
not an alternate picked lick, but slurred.

Slurred simply means playing the notes primarily with your
left hand using hammer-ons and pull-offs.

Also, I'm thinking that you may be in the same boat I was
before my alternate picking matured, in that I was really
good at slurring notes with my left hand so I might as well
show it off!

This lick will challenge your accuracy high up on the neck
as well as give you practice playing sextuplets at a high
rate of speed. Remember sextuplets are just triplets played
twice as fast.

This lick also has an added twist to it that facilitates
speed; and that is that the moving melody notes are tapped
with your right hand!

So we have three things to learn about here:
1. Slurring Accuracy
2. Tapping Accuracy
3. Blazing speed

This part of the tune is in 4/4 time and I have indicated the
downbeats on top of the tablature.

To play this type of lick, I hold my pick normally between
my thumb and index finger; and do the tapping with my middle
finger. Pretty standard stuff there.

For those of you who have the CD and want to follow along, this
lick appears in the song around the 4:46 timemark.
http://www.guitarconsultant.com/cd-will.html

Need more help reading tablature?
http://www.guitarconsultant.com/readtablature.html

Basic legend:
v = downstroke
^ = upstroke
T = right hand tap
ho = hammer-on
po = pull-off
DB = downbeat

DB                DB                DB                DB
v  ho ho v  ho ho T  po po po ^  po po ho ho v  ho ho T
---------14-15-17-19-17-15-14----------------14-15-17-21--
14-15-17----------------------17-15-14-15-17--------------
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               DB                DB                DB
po po po ^  po po ho ho v  ho ho T  po po po ^  po po
17-15-14----------------14-15-17-22-17-15-14--------------
---------17-15-14-15-17----------------------17-15-14-----
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ho po ho
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15-14-----------------------------------------------------
------16--------------------------------------------------
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