- David "Skinny Devil" McLean
originally published at Insane Guitar, 2004
One of the fine fellows from the IG message-boards dropped me a line
about writing practice pieces (etudes) for certain concepts. His
question was in reference to the Harmonic Minor scale (lesson #11,
“Modes of the Harmonic Minor”) and we’ll explore some etudes for that in
a future lesson. This month, since I just finished interviewing bass
master Billy Sheehan for the “Guitar Gods” series, I wanted to share an
etude I wrote for touch-style technique (also known as 2-hand tapping).
This etude was written specifically for a series of guitar clinics I’m
currently doing with finger style guru Jerry Belsak and fusion wizard
Philip High, and I’ll be sharing some of their techniques in future
lessons, too. It requires at least a rudimentary understanding &
mastery of tapping (check out the archives for lessons I’ve written in
the past [re: Jennifer Batten] and lessons by other IG writers, as well
as Joel’s master class on tapping, and the current series by Jeff
Wilde), so make sure you can both tap single notes and basic chord
Once you have a grip on this piece, experiment with it by adding
ornamentations and variations. If you come up with something you really
like, record it and send it to me – maybe I can place all the versions
on my web-site for others to hear!
See ya next month!