Tapping #4: Diminished Lick (Guitar Lesson)


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David MacKenzie

Tapping #4: Diminished Lick

The fourth lesson in Dave's tapping series deals with a monster diminished lick.

Taught by David MacKenzie in Basic Electric Guitar seriesLength: 11:02Difficulty: 2.5 of 5
Introduction

In this lesson, David demonstrates a tapping lick that utilizes a diminished arpeggio. The lick itself is similar to a Nuno Bettencourt lick that leads into the song "He-Man Woman Hater" from the 1990 Extreme album Extreme II: Pornograffitti

Diminished Tapping Lick (Scene 2)

In order to learn the tapping lick you must first be able to play a diminished arpeggio with the left hand only (right hand for all you lefties out there). David demonstrates the correct fingering, using the first and fourth fingers of his fretting hand. The pattern is very symmetrical, using the same fret-hand fingering moving "diagonally" across the fingerboard as David explains. Be aware of the skip between the third and second strings! Because the third and second strings are tuned to the interval of a major third (rather than a perfect fourth like the rest of the guitar), there is a whole-step shift from the third to second string in the fingering (rather than a half-step, as with the rest of the arpeggio form).

Because David begins the pattern on the fourth fret (G#), he is spelling out a G# fully diminished 7th chord. This works very nicely in the key of A minor because it is the diatonic vii chord in relation to the A Harmonic Minor scale.

G# dim7 - G# B D F

After familiarizing yourself with the "one-handed" arpeggio shape, it's time to add the taps! David uses his right hand index finger to tap, but feel free to use any finger you're comfortable with (many people use their middle finger, so that they can still grip a pick between their index finger and thumb). The tapped note is the interval of a Perfect 4th (5 frets) away from the note played by the fourth finger on each string. It follows the fretting hand by moving "diagonally" across the fingerboard as David explains. Again, be aware of the larger shift between the 3rd and 2nd strings.

Begin practicing this lick very slowly and gradually build up speed. Strive for a rhythmic feel of triplets (3 notes per beat) or sixteenth-note triplets (6 notes per beat).

Have fun with this cool lick and see you in the next lesson!

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ingebliebingeblieb replied on February 12th, 2012

hi david...i got another question...how do you make your guitar sound like that htrough all the exercises...?which effects do you use...?cause i like the sound of your guitar...thanks

erikschaeperserikschaepers replied on January 25th, 2012

I have to jump in here, from a musicology point of view. Melting is right - this is NOT a diminished lick. What Dmac is demonstrating is a lick of Triads played at the INTERVALS of a diminished arpeggio. However if you were to play this over a dimished harmony (or a Dominant 7 b9 chord) it would sound rather crazy. Maybe that is the goal , haha.. You can make it work for yourself by keeping the left hand pattern and tapping notes from the diminished chord, in this case gsharp, b, d, f.

meltingmelting replied on August 15th, 2010

Hi David, My question is regarding how this fits as a diminished lick. I'm just learning theory so I'm trying to figure things out. My understanding is that diminished chords or arppegios are notes in a key separated by minor thirds so in the first measure the G# and B would be followed by a D rather than an E. Utilizing the E makes this appear to be a G# minor triad. In the Second measure I get the same result. The D and F are followed by an A# making the lick appear to be a minor triad. I get a G# for a diminished triad. What am I missing. Thanks for your time.

dash rendardash rendar replied on December 12th, 2009

The moment I heard the intro to this video, I thought, awesome, it's He Man Woman Hater! :) So, er, when are you going to teach the whole track in phase 3? ;)

david.mackenziedavid.mackenzie replied on December 12th, 2009

lol! oh no your on to me dash!!! yeah definitely influenced by nuno!! dont know honestly if i will ever get to teach "he-man woman hater" but it is one of my very favorite tunes!!

dash rendardash rendar replied on December 13th, 2009

It's an awesome album. It took me ages to be able to play Hole Hearted properly (one of my favourite tracks), but He Man Woman Hater is in a different league altogether. And, in case you haven't heard it before ('cause it's on a different album), check out Midnight Express. :)

david.mackenziedavid.mackenzie replied on August 7th, 2009

okay, looking at what i explained at the beginning with the left hand, be careful not to get confused if you're only looking at the video. i believe i skipped the 4th string in the explaination putting the lick out of sequence on the proper frets. its....6 string=4th fret, 5th string=5th fret, 4th string=6th fret, 3rd string=7th fret, followed by the jump to the 9th fret on the 2nd string, then 1st string=10th fret. that is the 1st finger on the fretting hand, so i hope that keeps it clear. rock on and have fun with this one!!!

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