Pen tapping is a fun way to show off your rhythm, and it’s easy to learn. But it can also be a little complicated if you don’t have an instructor. If you’re ready to step up your pen tapping game but don’t know where to start, here are some easy steps for getting started with pen tapping:
Start With The Very Basics: Holding The Pen On Your Thumb And Index Finger
If you’re holding the pen straight, it’s easier to keep your wrist, elbow and shoulder straight. If you can do that, then it becomes easier to keep your body straight. From there, it’s just a small leap to keeping your feet straight.
Once you get comfortable with these basics of pen tap dancing, move on to more advanced moves like the 180 degree turn (pen tap in one direction while turning 180 degrees) and the 360 degree spin (turning around completely). These will help improve your coordination and balance as well as make it easier to remember where each beat is supposed to go on stage!
Tap The Tip Of The Pen (With Your Thumb) Against Your Index Finger
This will help you develop a rhythm and get comfortable with the feel of tapping a pen. Keep tapping until you feel like it’s second nature—that way, when you start doing more complicated moves (like turning around or spinning), you’ll have already practiced keeping your body straight.
Add One Beat To The Tap
Now that you know how to tap, it’s time to learn how to add one beat to the tap. The first thing you want to do is try tapping the beat with your thumb. Your index finger should be resting on the body of the guitar, but not touching any strings or frets. If this sounds easy for you, then try tapping with your middle finger next and so on until you’ve got them all down pat!
With That Pattern, Tap Twice And Then Hit Two Different Fingers
If you’ve been practicing the pattern, you should be able to do it with ease. But now we’ll go a step further and add some variation by tapping twice in between each set of taps and hits.
So, our first step is to tap twice and then hit two different fingers. Then tap twice again, then hit two different fingers again:
Get Fancier With Pen Tapping
Now, get fancier with it. Tap out a whole bar or two, then cut off with another finger. Here are some examples:
- Tap twice, then hit one different finger.
- Tap twice, then hit two different fingers.
- Tap twice, then hit one different finger and tap again (or don’t).
The possibilities are endless!
Now Add Some Polishing Touches, Like Body Percussion
- Tap your fingers on your knees or on a desk or table.
- Tap your feet together underneath you.
- Tap your hands and feet together, as if clapping, but with no audible sound (this is called “silent clapping”).
From there, you could start adding other pen tricks into the mix to create your own pen tapping dance.
Once you’ve mastered the basics of pen tapping, you can start adding other pen tricks into the mix to create your own pen tapping dance.
Pen Tapping Is Fun! You Can Learn To Tap In 10 Steps
Pen tapping is a fun way to express yourself and engage with other people. It’s a great way to keep your hands busy, especially if you’re feeling anxious or bored. And it’s also a great way to make music!
Here are 10 steps on how you can start pen tapping:
Step 1: Find a pen that you will tap with. It can be a skinny ballpoint pen or even just
Step 2: How to hold the pen. If you’re using a ballpoint pen, hold it with your thumb and
index finger. If you’re using your fingers, place them so they are touching at the tips.
Step 3: The first step is to start tapping on your thigh or lap while holding onto something
(like a table). This will help you get used to how it feels when tapping.
Step 4: Try tapping on something harder than your thigh/lap. You can use a metal surface
or glass, like a desk or window sill.
Step 5: Try tapping on something softer than your thigh/lap. You can use a wooden surface
or leather, like a chair or couch.
Step 6: Start tapping on your thigh/lap again with both hands at the same time. This will
help you get used to how it feels when tapping with two hands simultaneously while still being able to hold onto something (like a table).
Step 7: Try tapping on something harder than your thigh/lap with both hands at the same
time. You can use a metal surface or glass, like a desk or window sill.
Step 8: Try tapping on something softer than your thigh/lap with both hands at the same time. You can use a wooden surface or leather, like a chair or couch.
Step 9: Now try to tap on something harder than your thigh/lap and then switch to something softer while still holding on to something (like a table). You can alternate tapping surfaces, like a desk or window sill and then a chair or couch.
Step 10: Now try to tap on something harder than your thigh/lap with both hands at the same time, and then switch to something softer while still holding onto something (like a table). You can alternately tap surfaces, like a desk or window sill and then a chair or couch.
I hope you’ve enjoyed learning how to pen tap! It’s a fun way to express yourself, and the steps are easy enough for anyone to follow. If you want something that sounds more complex than it really is, try out pen tapping. It might just be what gets you started on your musical journey.