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Maneli Jamal - Acoustic Guitar Lesson 1 - Two Hand Tap

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Published on Mar 19, 2012

I do offer Skype Guitar Lessons all around the world from beginners to advanced players. Message me if you'd like to know my rates and more info!

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Thanks to iGuitar Magazine for hosting this video in their magazine. Check them out at http://www.iguitarmag.com to see more of my guitar video lessons in the upcoming issues.

If you'd like to learn more of this style and any of my songs I do offer private Skype guitar lessons. Let me know if you're interested.

This was done on the spot without much planning and on a couple hours of sleep when I was in London, UK for Guitar Idol III in 2011 but I hope you enjoy this free Two Hand Tap acoustic guitar lesson.

My very first acoustic guitar column! I always enjoy introducing this style of guitar to players of all skill levels and getting your feet wet in the percussive acoustic world can be a bit overwhelming if you've never dabbled with it before. There are a few techniques which are often only used on the acoustic guitar for good reason. The acoustic guitar, in my opinion, has the ability to surpass others simply because there are so many elements to it. For example, we have tapping, slapping and percussive elements which can make the guitar sound like there are 2 guitars playing at once. This illusion can be used to your advantage if you know how to utilize these techniques together.

This lesson focuses on getting both our hands to work independently with tapping, something that is essential in this style of guitar. We can see how a simple pattern like this can be moved to adjacent strings to create an interesting sound. Tapping with the right hand fingers will take some practice on the acoustic guitar because we will have to push them into the strings a little harder than we would on the electric guitar. Make sure to get a clean sound before attempting these exercises in a faster tempo. Slow and accurate is always more important than fast and sloppy when learning anything.

When we're hammering on with fingers, make sure you pull off the string so that open string sounds as if it's plucked. I usually pull it down towards the ground but you can also pull it up towards the sky as well. Also, ensure that you're getting both the hammer on note to sound as balanced as the pull off note. I always keep my right hand thumb placed on the top of the guitar neck for more control and stability. This can even be done with a thumbpick as you see in the video. Feel free to apply this pattern to any other string sets or other frets. It's more designed as an exercise but can be put into a song as a transition or an interlude. Make it your own!

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