How Do They Tap Like This and Not Have Other Strings Ring Like Crazy?

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  1. soul_lip_mike

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    Watching @bulb 's bandmate Jake play the Flatline guitar parts here:




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    The lick where they let the chord ring, then tap the accent notes. Any time I try to mimic this, the rest of my strings just ring like crazy and it sounds like absolute asshole. Can anybody give me some tips on this?
     

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    1) Only use pressure on the left hand barre where the notes are being tapped. Don’t just press down across the whole fret board.
    2) Use less gain and tap with more force.

    Practice on the clean channel and make sure the tapped notes have just as much volume as a picked note. Subtlety manipulate your barre so that pressure is only applied to the string you’re tapping on. The other strings will be muted by the hand resting across them.
     
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    so if i don't want to do that is there like a pedal i could buy instead? :D
     
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    General rule of thumb for playing anything at all - mute as many strings as possible with both hands whilst playing. Obviously when tapping you've only got your fretting hand to rely on , but there is a lot it can do
     
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    trying to grow my hair out but its not that long yet. would it be better to just buy a new amp instead?
     
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    put another guitar on the floor. tap the appropriate notes with your toe.
     
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    Thanks I will give this a shot.
     
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    Main ingredients:

    - string muting with left and right hand;
    - synchronization;
    - good intonation for left and right hand.

    I’d suggest practicing with a high gain tone (higher than your usual) and without a fretwrap so you hear all the string noise. Also, start slow (with a metronome) to ensure proper noise cancellation, proper legato intonation (namely the hammers from nowhere) and synchronization.

    Personally, I never use a fretwrap except when recording.

    Be patient, it takes time :)
     
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    How do people tap at all? haha
    In all the years I'm playing guitar I never figured it out and then stopped caring at some point... at least I tell that to myself.
     
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    Your guitars setup/action and pickups have a lot to do with it also. It's a lot harder on high action, thick strings, high gain and with active pickups. The noise can just get out of control. My main guitar is setup with everything going against it for tapping and legato's etc. Vai or Yngwie could pick up my guitar and not pull it off cleanly. It's just setup that way. However, pick up one of my rg'7620's setup for guitar god shred and it's effortless and comes out very clean. Point being that even if you're doing it right, if your guitar isn't setup well for it there's only so far you can take it. Make sure someone else can actually pull this stuff off on your guitar before you go crazy thinking you're not doing it right just in case you are doing it right already.
     
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    Good points @c7spheres . I forgot to mention that things like Super Jumbo frets will help your left/right hand legato, as well as fretboard radius (see Rick Graham).
     
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    Dang! He is very clean with it.
     
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    Rick Graham is just inhuman at everything.



    But the best tip I can give you, as someone who plays two handed a LOT, is to use a lot less gain than you think you need. When I record lines like this, I'm generally not boosting the amp, and the gain is around 3.5-4. The heaviness comes from the multitracking and the bass, a lot of the time. It's really hard to do clean tapping with monstrous amounts of gain on because any little scrape or knock gets super loud.

    Also, I use these.

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