Section 12: Tapping (Guitar Lesson)


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Chris Liepe

Section 12: Tapping

Although you finished the solo in the last lesson, Chris offers up one more tapping lick for your enjoyment.

Taught by Chris Liepe in Progressive Rock Solo seriesLength: 7:10Difficulty: 2.5 of 5


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dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied on February 7th, 2014

PLEASE NOTE: the entire solo is posted in the 1st lesson in the series. This is because that lesson features the complete solo demonstration.

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on October 30th, 2013

using a higher output bride pickup and a higher gain amp with the mids boosted will be a good start. If you can't get enough gain out of your amp, try putting an overdrive pedal such as a tube screamer in front of it in the signal chain. Use it as a boost pedal with less overdrive and a moderate 'level' boost. Hope this helps!

davidverneydavidverney replied on October 28th, 2013

What settings are best for your amp when you need to tap? I am giving this lesson a shot and I am not getting much sound at the 4th fret top E or the B string 4th and 5th frets. How should I have my amp to get the right sounds? Thanks

davidverneydavidverney replied on October 28th, 2013

What settings are best for your amp when you need to tap? I am giving this lesson a shot and I am not getting much sound at the 4th fret top E or the B string 4th and 5th frets. How should I have my amp to get the right sounds? Thanks

Progressive Rock Solo

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Learn a full progressive rock solo lick by lick in this series of lessons. Each lesson teaches a lick from the solo, or an alternative lick that can be played over the progression, and a variety of different skills and techniques.



Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Chris Liepe introduces his new series that showcases a full, fast-paced progressive rock solo. You will learn the solo lick by lick, as well as some great skills and techniques along the way.

Length: 3:03 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 2

Section 1: Solo Beginning

Chris begins with the first lick in the solo. With a mini melody that pulls you right in, this lick is almost more of an introduction to the solo. While learning this lick, Chris encourages you to pay...

Length: 5:08 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

Section 2: Introduction to Melody

Chris gets started on the primary melody. While the melody spans the whole solo, this lesson just focuses on the first part. This lick is derived from the C# minor pentatonic scale.

Length: 6:46 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

Section 3: Melody Lick

Chris looks at the next section of the solo. This lick fits perfectly with the main melody. It provides a smooth transition and added excitement. Chris looks at the notes can be added to the minor pentatonic...

Length: 5:30 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Section 4: Sweeping

Chris dives into the next section of the progressive rock solo. This time, the focus is on sweeping. This section of the solo adds speed and kicks the energy level up a notch.

Length: 12:08 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Section 5: Sweeping Part 2

Chris demonstrates a lick that will give you more practice with sweep picking. Though this lick is not in the solo, some of the positions are.

Length: 13:39 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

Section 6: Sweeping Part 3

Chris takes a look at one more sweep picking lick that is not in the solo. Like the first sweeping lick, this one is very fusion in nature.

Length: 5:19 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

Section 7: Unison Bend

Chris dives back into the solo. This time he offers up a lick with a fun unison bend. This lick is based in the C# minor scale.

Length: 6:08 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 9

Section 8: Chromatic Alternate Picking

Chris continues with lick 8 of this progressive rock solo. This time, you will play fast chromatic lines with alternate picking.

Length: 5:11 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 10

Section 9: Pentatonic Sequence

Chris takes another break from the solo. This time, he looks at a pentatonic sequence that is reminiscent of something Jimmy Page might do.

Length: 6:48 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 11

Section 10: Octave Higher

In this lesson, Chris looks at the melody of the solo in a higher octave. Playing in a different fretboard position/a different range might help open up some new ideas.

Length: 4:03 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 12

Section 11: Ending Lick

Chris finishes out the progressive rock solo with a fairly simple tapping lick.

Length: 6:27 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 13

Section 12: Tapping

Although you finished the solo in the last lesson, Chris offers up one more tapping lick for your enjoyment.

Length: 7:10 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only

About Chris Liepe View Full Biography Chris Liepe was born on September 17th, 1981 in Portland OR. His first instrument was piano which he pursued until discovering his love for the electric guitar in high school. He became fans of such groups as Soundgarden, Collective Soul and U2 inspiring him to start singing, songwriting and helping others in their musical endeavors with teaching, co-writing and album production.

Having moved to Colorado with his family, he began gigging, recording and teaching in a number of music stores as well as out of his apartment until deciding to pursue music full time. He moved to Denver, CO to complete a Bachelors in Music Technology and was then hired on by Sweetwater Productions, a division of Sweetwater Sound and one of the largest, most successful recording studios in the Midwest.

Chris spent nearly 4 years at Sweetwater as a producer, recording engineer, studio musician and writer. During this time he had the privilege of working with many artists including Augustana, Landon Pigg, Jars of Clay, and Mercy Me. He also wrote for and played on numerous independent albums and hundreds of radio/TV commercials.

Wanting to get back to his favorite State in the world (Colorado) and feeling the urge to 'go freelance', Chris moved to Greeley, CO and opened his own recording and teaching studio. He continues to write and produce music for artists and agencies and is happy to be among the proud JamPlay.com instructors.

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