Last Licks: How to Perform Fretboard Tapping
The following content is related to the April 2012 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the issue in our online store.
Fretboard tapping was a novel technique when Eddie Van Halen recorded his groundbreaking, legendary shred showcase piece “Eruption” for Van Halen’s 1978 debut album. With its spectacular application of fretboard tapping, the song quickly established tapping as an essential element within a new modern vocabulary of flash licks and tricks.