Hikes on Collaboration and a Free Digital Book For Finger Tapping
When collaborating, you always want to keep in mind the big picture. ‘Is this part adding to the feeling/message of the song?’
Hi we’re Claire Puckett (she/her) and Nay Wilkins (they/them) performing on two Fender Acoustasonic guitars 🤍 We play in a band called Hikes! Our roots are in classical guitar, folk, and metal. We’ve been collaborating for nearly a decade, from filling various roles such as bass, drums, synths, lead guitar, and trumpet in different bands, to teaching music camps, to coding She Shreds’ #1RAD2021 website ‼️ Over the years we’ve picked up some tips and techniques on collaboration and best practices for finger tapping exercises. Check out our free digital exercise book here!
SOMETIMES SPACE IS MORE EFFECTIVE
→ When collaborating, you always want to keep in mind the big picture. Not just, ‘does this part sound cool,’ but ‘is this part adding to the feeling/message of the song.’ It’s easy to get lost in trying to fit as many notes as possible into a space, but sometimes the space is more effective.
TAPPING ISN’T ANY HARDER THAN ANY OTHER TECHNIQUE
→ Tapping isn’t harder than any other technique. Growing up, it was presented as an expert-level skill only accessible to those who had surpassed a certain level of guitar mastery. but it’s just like anything else. If you spend the same amount of time tapping as you did strumming, you’d have it down!
STRUM A CHORD AND TAP ON DIFFERENT NOTES WITH YOUR RIGHT HAND AS IT RINGS
→ A solid intro exercise to tapping is to strum a chord that you love and while you’re still holding the chord, tap a higher note with your right hand index finger and then release (hammer off) that note. Experiment with different tapped notes and how they interact with the chord when you hammer off!
TRY THIS TWO-HANDED TAPPING EXERCISE
→ A great two handed tapping exercise is to play a G major scale, but spread it across the entire fretboard, 4 notes per string. Play 4 notes of the scale per string, hammer on two notes with your left hand, tap two with your right hand. For a clearer picture, we’ve attached tabs for this exercise in the bio.