Canadian Musician - July/August 2017 - Page 25

GUITAR Hal Rodriguez is a published writer, music teacher, and musician based in Toronto. He has transcribed music for virtuosos Oz Noy and Derryl Gabel and has interviewed artists such as John Scofield, Paul Gilbert, and Robben Ford. Contact him at and visit and @halromuso on Instagram. By Hal Rodriguez Tapping Chord Extensions T wo-handed tapping on the guitar is commonly used to perform fast single-note passages, but recently, I’ve been exploring how to use it to play chords in new ways. In the following ex- amples, I’ve illustrated four different approach- es to extending chords by tapping additional notes with my picking hand. In Ex.1, I arpeggiate a C7 chord with my fret- ting hand and then tap the 9 th on the B string with the index finger of my picking hand. EX. 1 EX. 2 In Ex. 2, I tap both the 9 th and the 13 th of C7 with the index and ring finger of my picking hand. In Ex. 3, I use three fingers on my picking hand to add extensions to the C7 chord: the index finger taps the 4 th on the D string; the middle taps the 9 th on the B string; and finally, the ring finger taps the 13 th on the high E string. I find that tapping these extensions and let- ting the notes ring into each other creates a pleasant pianistic effect. This adds a nice contrast to the usual way I arpeggiate or per- cussively strum chords with a pick. To expand on this concept, you could also practice tapping in different keys, tapping ex- tensions over other chord qualities, and slid- ing the tapped notes to other frets. For example, in Ex. 4, I arpeggiate an Am7 and then tap three notes, which I slide up to higher frets. EX. 3 EX. 4 For more ideas to practice, check out Hal’s YouTube page at W W W. C A N A D I A N M U S I C I A N . CO M C A N A D I A N M U S I C I A N • 25