Bass Tapping Utilising 2 Tapping Fingers

author: crazymez89 date: 06/11/2013 category: bass lessons
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Bass Tapping Utilising 2 Tapping Fingers
Hi, I thought I'd add my thought on Bass tapping here as I seem to have deviated from the usual tap methods here and it has worked for me. Firstly I favour a 2 finger tapping style using both first and second fingers. And I'm going to throw a few patterns that I like to used and hope that you enjoy them. (All exercises are in Standard Tuning on a Four string Bass - EADG) I'll start with a simple minor arpeggio run in D played from the 5th fret on the A string.
|G-----------------------------------------------|
|D------------12t------------------12t-----------|
|A---5-h8-12t-----12t-p8-p5-h8-12t-----12t-p8-p5-|
|E-----------------------------------------------|
Very simple with no hand movement, play the 5th fret with first finger, strike with which ever playing finger is comfortable, hammer 8 with your fourth finger. Now tap the 12 on the A with you first finger and the 12 on the D with your second finger. Both notes sound be clear, a slight release on pressure on the first finger should stop the A string ringing as you tap the D. Now tap the 12 on A again, as with before the pressure release should stop the D ringing out letting the fresh not play through. Now pull off from the tap as you normally would allowing the 8 to play, and pull off the the fourth finger to play your root of D on the fifth fret to play. And repeat. Those of you with a mind for such things with see this is a standard one octave arpeggio. But it is a nice place to start two finger tapping. Repeat this until every note is crisp and clear, and you are not getting any unwanted notes played such as open D or G strings. Once you are happy with this, give this a go. Diminished minor with a different return pattern.
|G-----------------------------------------------|
|D-----------------------------------------------|
|A----------10t-p7-p4-\1----------10t-p7-p4-\1---|
|E-0-3-6-9t--------------0-3-6-9t--------------0-|
Very similar tap pattern as before, but now target different frets. No require a change in left hand position during the tap. I promise this is harder that it first appears but it helps with keeping track of your left hand while tapping. For me there is no point in throwing out an awesome tapped run for you to have to stop playing again to find out where your fretting hand has gone. This helps with that. Again wash rinse repeat until this is clean, there is less practical use your this run but this forces control of both hands together. So is worth running through. And for the final exercise, some things that has a few switches between standard playing and tap. E Minor transition across 4 strings - I like using this and variants there of for fills and in bass solos. Nice and flashy, good for showing lead guitarists why bassists are real men. ;-)
|G--------------------------9t-p7-h9-12t-/14-p7----------|
|D-----------------h2----9t---------------------9-7------|
|A--------------------10t---------------------------10-7-|
|E-0-2-3-p3-5t-/8----------------------------------------|
Okay firstly, cheeky third finger tap here but it flows nicely so isn't a massive problem. I didn't realise until I played this. Start with standard playing, Tap E 5th fret and slide the tapped finger to 8. If the tap is clear it will play fine. Quick first finger hammer on D 2nd fret (E again completes scale run) the Tap A 10th, D 9th and G 9th with first, second and third fingers in order. The pull of to G 7th fret should be positioned while the triple tap is being complete (this is why previous exercise is useful). The G 7th hammers straight back to 9th but this time with usual fretting hand. Can be difficult to moved the tapping hand out of the way here but work atit and it will be fine. Back to a first or second finger tap for the G 12 slide to 14 (players choice on which you tap with, I favour second but either is fine) pull off to G 7th fret whcih will still be positioned form before. Finish with Pentatonic run to A 7th fret (E again). I will try and record me playing all of these but currently I am not able to to record. But I hope you enjoy this and if you fit it into your play style then I take it as a compliment. Thanks, Dan P.S. I'm sure some of you will already use this technique or something similar but I thought I'd share anyway.
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