Not sounding quite right?
One issue you might run into when tapping is that your volume drops. If this is the case you should work on your technique - Try to keep the string vibrating with quick and accurate tapping and flicking the string as you release the note. The stronger you are at executing hammer ons and pull offs, the better you will be at consistent tapping. You may also wish to use a compressor for a more even tone.
Gain can also hide some of your weaknesses when it comes to tapping, so we would recommend practising with a clean tone and no effects. Keep in mind there are all sorts of guitarists who tap with a clean tone or even on acoustic guitars. Tapping even dates back to the 1700’s where there are instances of players tapping on violins. If you can sound great with no additional tonal support, then by the time you pull out an overdriven solo, you will sound incredible.
To get you inspired, check out our articles on Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani and Jennifer Batten; both of whom are well regarded for their use of tapping.