The Key to Learning Two-Handed Tapping on Guitar

I’d been trying to learn two-handed tapping on guitar due to liking bands like Don Caballero and Maps and Atlases, this great new-to-me band Adebisi Shank, Marnie Stern, Hella, etc, and of course Van Halen etc but could never figure it out. I watched this video and it taught me what I was missing! Basically, I was missing that you can “flick” the string to play a note you’re holding down, and you can flick it at a different fret than the note you’re currently fretting, at a fret that you’ll play later–so say you’re holding down the 3rd fret on the high e string, you can flick the high e with your right hand finger at the 12th fret to play the string, it will play the note of the fret you’re holding down such as the 3rd fret, then you can hammer on the fifth fret with your left hand, then with your right hand you can press down at the 12th fret or whatever for a cool two-hand tap triplet of the 3-5-12 notes. Anyway, I had been missing that “flick” motion to play notes, I had though you were supposed to sound certain notes by just hammering on, but the “flick” while actually holding down the note actually sounds a lot better. I would try to just hammer on say a 3rd fret instead of flicking the string first and it wouldn’t sound good or wouldn’t make any noise at all!

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The 10 best Beatles tracks

Since Mr. Trickle Down has kindly mentioned The Beatles in recent posts, I figured that now was the time to share my list:

1. A Day in the Life

Pure brilliance. Psych bliss.

2. We Can Work It Out

Packs an amazing amount of ideas into a short song. A very manic depressive verse/chorus/verse. Lennon’s vocals are especially cool.

3. Paperback Writer

Very catchy with a great main riff

4. Tomorrow Never Knows

Refer to Mr. Trickle Down

5. Help!

Doom pop

6. Day Tripper

Lennon and McCartney sing about drugs or girls that don’t put out, or both. Great riffs.

7. I Want You (She’s So Heavy)

Wonderfully intricate.

8. Eleanor Rigby

Doom pop again

9. Rain

Beautifully stoned track with a cool video.

10. Hold Me Tight

So Paul missed a few notes…who cares! This is so damn catchy.

Mr. Trickle Down and FiestaRed – let’s see your lists!

Jose Antonio Escobar–Awesome Chilean Classical Guitar Music

Wow, it’s like super melodic and complicated Chilean classical guitar…great stuff. Like Andres Segovia meets King Crimson, Captain Beefheart, and Bach.

Jose Antonio Escobar: Chilean Classical Guitar Music Podcast

Very beautiful and skillful stuff

Here’s his website


Here’s a more restrained piece:

Sesame Street Grindcore

There are some pretty sweet Sesame Street/Muppets death metal mashups floating around. Enjoy!

Drive Like Jehu–Hand Over Fist, Don Caballero–Slice Where You Live Like Pie, Germbox–Frankie Mayorga live videos!

Here are some more videos I posted on YouTube: 90s post-punk prog-rock goodness! Also see the Fucking Champs/C4AM95 video I posted above–Flawless Victory!

You should get Germbox’s Fraction of Exaggeration CD if you don’t have it–it’s amazing, sort of like Voivod’s Nothingface meets the Bastro and the Jesus Lizard and Drive Like Jehu.

Drive Like Jehu – Hand Over Fist – Al’s Bar

Don Caballero – Slice Where You Live Like Pie-Fireside Bowl

Germbox -Frankie Mayorga and unreleased intro

Gutter Twins–Afghan Whigs, Twilight Singers, Greg Dulli, Mark Lanegan\

They’re on tour! The Gutter Twins–just bought their new album! Awesome!! Afghan Whigs meets Screaming Trees with touches of the Cure, Smashing Pumpkins, Red House Painters, Twilight Singers, etc!!! To me, on par with the classic Afghan Whigs album Gentlemen–one of the best albums of the 90s! Or ever. Well, I just found out that many of the Twilight Singers’ albums are as good as Gentlemen! Wow, how did I overlook that fact!!!

Afghan Whigs–Debonair (live at Rockapalast)

As good as anything by Cure off of Disentegration/Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me? Parts remind me of Camper Van Beethoven’s amazing Key Lime Pie record.
Had that jangly 80s disco Josef K chord sound before Franz Ferdinand jacked it from Josef K and the epic soundtrack cello sound before Goo Goo Dolls borrowed it for that soundtrack song that made them famous? The Twilight Singers similar artists channel on is pretty entertaining.
A Polvo, Swervedriver, Afghan Whigs show would have been pretty epic–I now look forward highly to seeing the Gutter Twins and Twilight Singers.

Afghan Whigs-Debonair (Live at Reading)

Afghan Whigs-Gentleman (Live at Reading)

Twilight Singers on Jimmy Kimmel

This is a great song, Brace Your Face by a band Aloha that showed up on the Twilight Singers’ similar artists channel

similar artists station.

Long Thaw: Awesome Rock Spawn of Boyjazz, Stay Gold Pony Boy, Caza Zimbabwe/CZ

Long Thaw rules!!! Here’s their Myspace page. Heavy metal, post-punk, prog rock, indie spawn of Boyjazz, Stay Gold Pony Boy, the Casa Zimbabwe/CZ Berkeley co-op rock dynasty. That’s an awesome see-through guitar Andre!!! Great songs!!!

Lot’s of awesome riffs and twists and turns in Long Thaw’s music…very creative music, like the song European Ambulance! Here’s a review in the San Francisco Bay Guardian: Long Thaw: Feels Like the First Time.

Tour? Other music by Andre: Generalissimo.

This makes up for the fact that I never got a video tape of that High Speed Dubbin show at CZ (anyone)?

The High Speed Dubbin that was supposed to have an album on St. Kilda records and had a Hawaiian drummer and were from Santa Cruz…and sounded like a mix between like King Crimson, Slayer, and Trenchmouth or something!