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Guitarist mini-interviews: Steve Lynch on tapping

Guitarist mini interviewsIn this second mini-interview with guitarists who ROCK, we continue with the theme how to keep your strings quiet when multi-fingered tapping. My second victim is Steve Lynch (Autograph, Network 23), who generously agreed to answer my cheeky questions. [He gets extra karma points for having the cajones to be associated in any way with a site called Play Like a Girl. ]

Steve is an amazingly skilled all-round player, but it’s his terrifying stellar tapping technique that he’s most feared well known for. (Check out the solo Hammerhead, for example.)

Steve Lynch in the Autograph daysNot being one to turn his back on the audience to hide his ninja tapping secrets, Steve has freely shared his “secrets” in a variety of instructional materials, including video, books, and columns for various prestigious guitar magazines. You can purchase the excellent video The Two-Handed Guitarist as well as Steve’s other instructional books and CDs in his online shop. [No, these are not affiliate links -- I've seen Steve's video and can heartily recommend it to aspiring tappers.]

Interview

1) How do you keep the strings quiet for multi-fingered tapping when you don’t/can’t use a damper unit (or sock!)?
I use the side of the palm of my right hand to mute the lower strings wherever I may be tapping on the neck; it takes a while to get the angle down.

2) What do you know about tapping technique now that you wish you’d known when you first started?
All of the different scale positions and intervals that can be combined for a unique effect.

3) Is there anything else you’d like to add, rant about, or promote?
The most important thing to remember when creating a solo with tapping is to record the rhythm part you will be soloing over first. This way you can experiment with different ideas to find which work the best. Always create from the heart and others will share the experience.

Steve Lynch today
Recent photo of Steve in his studio. (Cool, we have the same keyboard stand!)

So there you have it: more qualified advice from someone who definitely knows their stuff. Now I’m off to try putting Steve’s advice into practice.

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5 Comments

+ Comment by andres
2007-08-24 17:31:51

You are really tapping into it! I just checked steve , he does some really cool stuff.
Even if at first it´s gonna be wierd to see you with your rigth hand off the tremolo I think you will come up with some amazing stuff.

some eye candy for ya: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYX-pGavags

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmyxYbQO9iE&mode=related&search=

Also if you are trying gear check out thumb picks I use them to keep my index finger tapping ready without loosing the pick.

keep on rocking

 
+ Comment by Mike Leslie
2007-08-24 21:08:41

I took lessons from Steve about ten years ago. He was a great teacher with tons of cool ideas. I didn’t get to witness any crazy playing at the time though because he was on the mend from breaking some bones in his forearm (he had a few pins in) but the lessons were still great. :guitar: :banana:

 
+ Comment by Dinosaur David B.
2007-08-25 07:10:25

In that recent photo, Steve looks like he’s morphed into Neal Schon.
:shock:

 
+ Comment by Sierra Burke
2007-08-30 00:39:12

oh PRS guitar… *drool*

 
+ Comment by MamadalicA
2007-08-31 16:05:27

Hey all
I think you should check this out!! :shock: :!: :?:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1AXBo9pqrk

 

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