- David "Skinny Devil" McLean
originally published at Insane Guitar, 2003
As many of you know, I write a column for TinFoilMusic
called “Guitar Gods” that has featured some awesome players and will
feature many more players in the months to come. (editor's note: Tinfoil is now off-line and all IG lessons and "Guitar Gods" interviews are found here at Skinny Devil Magazine) In the past, we’ve
featured the playing styles of two of our “Guitar Gods” interviewees –
Grammy winning guitarist Steve Stevens (of Billy Idol fame) and shred
dominatrix the Great Kat. This month we feature the playing style of
Jennifer is currently on tour with guitar legend Jeff Beck, andhas
recorded and toured with the King of Pop: Michael Jackson. She has also
released several solo albums and two books, and was for a time an
instructor at the famed GIT.
Jennifer is probably most famous in guitar circles for her fabulous
two-hand tapping technique. For a primer in tapping, see the IG “Master
Class” section. The examples below take a familiarity with fretboard
tapping, though be sure to take it slowly at first to avoid injury. This
first example is a classic Jennifer Batten trick – playing a basic
scale with both hands, an octave apart. Be sure to play this with
extreme clarity so it doesn’t sound like mush – and notice that those
last 4 notes are tapped harmonics.
This next lick is a bit quirky and a bit more difficult, as it
incorporates slides and some tricky rhythm, plus it requires you to hold
a tapped note while using the fret hand to add vibrato.
That’s all for now, but be sure to visit Jennifer online at www.batten.com and check out her interview here. See you next month!