Watch the Tapping Arpeggios online guitar lesson by Dave Celentano from Classical Concepts for Rock Guitar
Although they didn't pioneer tapping (Jimmie Webster was already doing it in 50's and 60's), Edward Van Halen and Randy Rhoads did the most to popularize the technique and bring it to the masses in the late 70's and early 80's. And since then it's become a requisite skill for guitarists in many genres including rock and metal. Here we'll explore single string tapped arpeggios on the high E string using a sixteen note sequence over the chords: E-B-D-A. The sequential pattern is established with the first chord, then applied to the remaining chords in the progression. Keep an eye out for those transitional notes when switching chords. A transitional note is a note(s) that is the same between two neighboring chords. Recognizing them and realizing they don't move during a particular chord change is vital for making the transition easier.