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Alright folks, I know it's pretty late into the month for a TOTM, but I need something to vent my frustrations out on since I recieved no votes for the Bass Militia position. So, I decided to do a kindness to my fellow players and teach you from my experiences on bass, namely tapping. I will try to go a little more in depth behind the mechanics of tapping, and maybe refresh your memories from Applehead's offering on this subject. This is my first lesson on UG, so cut me a little slack if I lose you, and I'll help you guys out any way I can.

Anywho, on to the lesson:

There are many aspects to playing the bass guitar, as many of you have seen throughout your experiences. Many of you have experimented and tried different techniques to getting that bass to make notes, and I offer you a neat little technique which is used by guitar and bass players alike.

Thank Eddie Van Halen. Thank Billy Sheehan. Thank Stu Hamm. These guys, among many, many others help popularize tapping and utilized it in many popular songs and musical arrangements. You could most commonly find tapping to be among the repertoire of guitarists, who tap out melodic trills and melodies high on the neck. Of course, this can be applied to a bass as well.

Of course, many people see this as merely a flashy move, one that is used to mainly show off. While this may be true in some sense, it can also be a very useful tool for a seasoned bass player.

Let's get things started with correct technique.

When you tap a note, you utilize your right hand (your plucking hand, reverse this if you are left-handed) to strike the string on the desired fret, much like a hammer-on, only with your playing finger. When hammering with the right hand, you should place the thumb of your right hand on the edge of the neck to help counterbalance your hammer-on. To pull-off, you fret a note with your fretting hand, hammer a note above the fretted note, and then pull-off your right hand, much like a normal pull-off. You can also pull-off of notes on different fingers of the right hand, yet that takes much more right hand strength. You'll build right hand strength by practice, practice, practice. Also be sure to build on your left hand hammer-on and pull-off techniques as well, because that will help you on your right hand technique and will be useful in creating bass lines using tapping.

You're probably itching to play something, so let's dive into it.

We'll start with a simple exercise to start the coordination process of using two hands on the fretboard. In this first exercise, we'll use the G string to practice on. You should fret the 5th fret C with your fourth finger on your left hand; your pinky. If you haven't practiced this, then use any finger you wish. While this finger is fretted, pluck the G string and then reach up and hammer on the D (7th fret) with the index finger of your right hand. You should hammer down with enough strength to sound out the D note.

Here's how it looks. Note that L-4 is your left hand pinky, and R-1 is your right hand index finger.
             L-4     R-1     L-4     R-1          
G-------------5-------7-------5-------7----------
D------------------------------------------------
A------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------


You can build your speed and finger strength by practicing this basic line. This is the most basic element of tapping: playing different notes on the fretboard with your right hand alongside your left, much like a piano.

A good tip is to tap the string just before the next fret. This allows for a good, clean sound.

Here's a triplet exercise, and this is where the left hand plays two notes while the right hand hammers the third. This time, pluck the G string while playing the C (5th fret), use your ring finger (or pinky) on your left hand to hammer the D (7th fret), and then reach up and hammer the E (9th fret) with your right hand.

Let's give it a shot. Remember, pluck the C, hammer with your left for the D, and then use your right hand to tap the E. Build speed until you can make this triplet set smooth and easy. Take note that L-1 is your left hand index finger, L-3 is your left hand ring finger, and R-1 is your right hand index finger.

       L-1     L-3     R-1     L-1     L-3     R-1
G-------5-------7-------9-------5-------7-------9-----------
D-----------------------------------------------------------
A-----------------------------------------------------------
E-----------------------------------------------------------


You can practice this on any string, to help build on strength. Try building up to the D string, and onward to E, if you wish. If you have one, the B is very interesting.

Intermediate techniques

So by this point, you've learned the bare basics of tapping, and you're probably ready to experiment with more tapping. Well, I'd like to offer you some more licks to help you build on your tapping technique.

Utilizing more than one finger

More than one right hand finger you say? Of course. More complicated lines require the use of more fingers on your right hand. Naturally, these fingers probably aren't quite as up to speed as your right hand index finger, so the best way to go about it is to build it up. Let's try it.

This is normally a basic run, but we'll mix it up by using two right hand fingers instead of plucking it out and normally fretting. We'll start out on the G again, and make the basic run of notes up to C. First, pluck the G string open, playing G. Then, hammer with your left hand middle finger to sound out A (2nd fret), reach up with your right hand (it's a stretch) and succesively hammer B and C with your right hand index finger and middle finger, respectively. That middle finger may not be up to strength, so practice hammering notes with your middle finger to help build strength, if needed.

Let's take a look. Remember, Pluck the open G, hammer the A with your left hand middle finger, then hammer the B with your right hand index finger, and finally hammer the C with your right hand middle finger. Phew, that's an awful lot for tapping, isn't it? Note that L-2 is your left hand middle finger, R-1 is your right hand index finger, and R-2 is your right hand middle finger. O is open.

           O      L-2     R-1     R-2      O      L-2     R-1     R-2
G----------0-------2-------4-------5-------0-------2-------4-------5---------
D----------------------------------------------------------------------------
A----------------------------------------------------------------------------
E----------------------------------------------------------------------------


Right hand ring finger? Yes, this finger and even your pinky can be used to tap. The difference in this is that these two fingers are probably relatively weak compared to your index and middle fingers (unless you're a three-finger player!) and can be quite a pain to use while tapping. Yet, it is very possible to tap with these fingers...it just takes practice!

I'll present you an exercise with a little flair to it. This exercise involves tapping with your right hand ring and pinky fingers, and even a hammer-on with your left hand pinky! Daunting? Not so much if you're eager to practice! This lick is a haunting, familiar tune (I can't recall where I picked it up, enlighten me if you know it) and readily requires the use of your ring and pinky fingers. Let's take a look.

This tune begins with an open G followed by an C (5th fret). Hammer the C with your left hand pinky (Ouch!). Next, hammer the D# (8th fret) with your right hand ring finger. Play open G again and then hammer C with your left pinky again. Next this time, hammer the D (7th fret) with your right hand middle finger. Play G and C once more. Here's the game winner: Now, hammer the F (10th fret) with your right hand pinky finger. For the last bit, play G and C again, and repeat with D# (8th fret) with your right hand ring finger.

Phew! That piece seems like a lot of hard work, and at the beginning, it will be. Don't be discouraged. Practice slowly at first to help acclimate your right hand ring and pinky finger get used to the tapping motion. Build speed until you can play it at a relatively good tempo. A good tip for this piece: You don't have to go back down to the pickups to pluck a string! You can keep your right hand at its ready position to play the open G; just pluck it much like you would at the pickups, at the neck instead. That way, you can quickly hammer the D#, D, and F and keep your hand in position.

Finally, here's what it looks like. Note that L-4 is your left hand pinky finger, R-2 is your right hand middle finger, R-3 is your right hand ring finger, and R-4 is your right hand pinky finger. O is open.

       O    L-4   R-3    O    L-4   R-2    O    L-4    R-4    O    L-4   R-3
G------0-----5-----8-----0-----5-----7-----0-----5-----10-----0-----5-----8-------------
D---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Fun? I hope so, because it can only get better from here.
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Tapping with slides

If you've stuck with me thus far, then you're probably ready to get fancy. If so, then I offer to you some slide exercises to whet you whistles.

I'm sure sliding is nothing new to you, but right hand sliding? Could be tricky, so practice is needed to make it sound clean. I'll start basic.

You're probably overworked on the G string, so we'll start on the D string this time. Here, we'll begin by playing F (3rd fret). Now, reach and tap the G (5th fret) with your right hand index finger (or middle finger, or any finger if you'd like to build strength). Right after tapping the G, slide it up real nice to the A (7th fret) with your right hand index finger.

Not too hard, right? Here it is. Note that L-3 is your left hand ring finger and R-1 is your right hand index finger. The ~ symbol represents the slide.

       L-3     R-1~~~~~R-1
G-----------------------------------------------------
D-------3-------5-------7---------------------------
A-----------------------------------------------------
E----------------------------------------------------- 


That’s not too bad, is it? Here’s another. Basically, it’s the same exercise, but this time you slide back down to the G.

       L-3     R-1~~~~~R-1~~~~~R-1
G-----------------------------------------------------
D-------3-------5-------7-------5---------------------
A-----------------------------------------------------
E----------------------------------------------------- 


Sounds pretty neat, huh? Nothing too advanced, but a good tool to aquire for a tapping bass player.

Tapping unplayed strings

Now that we’ve gone deeper into tapping, let’s look into more techniques. Now you’ve probably already figured this out on your own, but you don’t always have to tap on the string that is currently played. This may sound obvious, but let’s take a look.

In this exercise, we’ll tap a very basic octave. We’ll start by playing the E on the A string (7th fret), and then tapping the E octave on the G string (9th fret). Very basic. Check it out.

           L-1   R-1
G-----------------9----
D----------------------
A-----------7----------
E----------------------


Let’s add on to that with some more tapping. Here, we’ll play an E5, more commonly referred to as an E power chord. Here you go.

       L-1   R-1   R-2
G-------------------9-------
D-------------9-------------
A-------7-------------------
E---------------------------


I’ll leave it to you to be creative with this exercise.

Advanced Techniques

Alright, hopefully I haven’t bored you too much with my offerings so far, so now I give to you what I deem as advanced techniques. On a personal note: I cannot honestly say that I am an advanced tapper. I will offer in this section techniques that I think are higher up on the difficulty scale in tapping. Enjoy.

Complete tapping

What exactly is complete tapping, you ask? It’s my term for tapping that does not involve plucking any strings. Rather, every note is tapped on the bass via either the left or right hand. This may not be an advanced technique for you, but I find that some people have trouble tapping out a well-sounded note with their left or right hand, and here I offer exercises to help.

What really builds up strength for tapping is practice, practice, practice. If you seem to be having trouble getting clean notes out, here’s a few suggestions.

-Strengthen the finger in question--Probably the simplest of fixes. If you’re having trouble tapping with a certain finger, practice tapping a note over and over again with that finger. It takes time and patience to build strength. Sliding with your right hand can be a pain, also. If you’re getting a blister, just remember that your right hand needs to be conditioned just like your left hand, and that can take time as well.

-Check your technique--Sometimes you can have all the strength in the right places, yet still have trouble getting that note to sound. It could be your technique that is plaguing your sound. For your left hand, check and see if your thumb is positioned correctly: not hanging over the neck, but behind the neck. This helps counterbalance and allows you to get an excellent hammering technique with your left hand fingers. For your right hand, make sure your thumb is resting on the edge of the neck, again for counterbalance. Again, a good tip is to tap the string just before the next fret.

-Check the bass--While this isn’t too common, the bass can sometimes be a problem. What can really throw you off is the action of the bass. If the action of your bass is too high, it can wreak havoc on your tapping by not allowing the notes to sound properly because they are too distant from the pickups in the first place. This also results in a lot of wasted effort to just fret a note.


Now that we’ve covered problems, here’s my example of complete tapping. Note that every note played here is tapped, not plucked.

         L-1    R-1    L-1    R-1 R-2~R-2        L-1~~L-1 
G------------------------------------------------------------
D--------13-----15-----13-----17--18--17---------------------
A-------------------------------------------------13--15-----
E------------------------------------------------------------


It’s an odd piece, but demonstrates the complete tapping technique. Note the slides on G-G# (17th and 18th frets, D string) and C-D (13th and 15th frets, A string).

Experiment with this technique as well, as it encompasses tapping as a whole.

Tapped harmonics

Another great technique to pick up as a tapping bassist is tapping harmonics. This technique can also be pretty tricky, so spending time on this can greatly advance your playing.

Before we get into the exercise, I’ll explain how to tap the harmonic on the fretboard. Essentially, it’s a hammer-on and pull-off in one swift motion. Unlike a fretted note, however, your target is the fret itself, which you wouldn’t normally touch while playing a normal harmonic. So, in essence, you hit the harmonic fret with your right finger to produce the tapped harmonic.

Here’s an exercise which utilizes that. Note that the sign * next to a note represents the harmonic on that fret.

        L-1 L-3 L-1 L-3 L-1  R-3   R-1   R-2   
G----------------7---9---7---12*----7*---------
D--------7---9----------------------------9*---
A----------------------------------------------
E----------------------------------------------


Experiment with harmonics, because these tones are a great advanced technique to throw into songs and bass lines.

Double stops and chords

Using the tapping techniques we’ve worked through so far, we can now jump to double stops and chords, which can be played by tapping. In a nutshell, double stops are two notes played together. A chord is three or more notes. There’s no real trick to playing a double stop tapped: Merely tap one note with your left hand and then another with your right.

Exercise? I thought you’d never ask. This one is just a tapping exercise of simple double stops. This lick is a basic progression which is seen in some very early rock and rockabilly.

Note that this exercise is played completely with the right hand; the top fingering is for the G string, the bottom for the D string.

      R-3   R-3   R-3   R-3
      R-1   R-1   R-1   R-1
G------9-----7-----5-----4---------
D------7-----5-----3-----2---------
A----------------------------------
E----------------------------------


And now, a chord exercise. A good base to start chords with are power chords, only tapped.

This one is a unique exercise, as this is actually the tapped version of the verse in “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight” by a personal favorite, The Postal Service. Enjoy.
  
   R-2     R-2      L-2
     R-1     R-1      L-1
     L-3     L-3      R-1
G-----5----------------2-----------
D-----5-------3--------2-----------
A-----3-------5--------12*---------
E-------------5--------------------


Conclusion

Well, I hope you enjoyed and learned something from my first attempt at a lesson here. I’ve tried to cover most, if not all of the bases involved in tapping, as far as my skill and knowledge go. If you have any suggestions on anything, feel free to tell me, as I’m always looking to improve.

Happy tapping! Cheers, Tim

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           O      L-2     R-1     R-2      O      L-2     R-1     R-2
G----------0-------2-------4-------5-------0-------2-------4-------5---------
D----------------------------------------------------------------------------
A----------------------------------------------------------------------------
E----------------------------------------------------------------------------


1 question, how do you tap an open string with out a finger? It may be a stupid question, but i don't know how to tap, and to me that doesn't make sense.
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1 question, how do you tap an open string with out a finger? It may be a stupid question, but i don't know how to tap, and to me that doesn't make sense.


There's three ways, actually.
-You could pluck the string at the pickups, playing it normally and making the stretch up the neck.
-In this exercise, you could actually tap the D string, 5th fret. That's G, as well.
-If you read on into the lesson, I made a tip on not having to pluck the string at the pickups. You could actually keep your right hand at the ready position up the neck, and just pluck the string there, much like playing it at the pickups, only at the neck. Just think of it as hammering on and pulling off just to get the string to sound.

Hope that helps your predicament.
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this is mucho good
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You could suggest some beginner, intermidate and higher tapping songs at the bottom maybe?

i agree. a few songs to practice with would be nice
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i agree. a few songs to practice with would be nice


Thing is, I can't remember any songs that require tapping. Sorry to disappoint, but I can't recall any that I've heard. I just know how to tap.
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Great lesson i needed some tips about tapping and this is all the info i need for no. Kudos to you
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A few songs involving tapping. I'm not gonna try and categorise them because I don't really know what you would be classed as beginner etc. XD

Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 1 [bass solo]
Primus - DMV
Trivium - Broken One ]

EDIT: If you are like me and are at the stage of advanced tapping and you can't be bothered finding songs that have tapped basslines, either write your own, or do what I do and download piano music and put that into Guitar Pro on bass. I have several versions of Canon in D which are manageable. PM me if you want them

It's better if you have a six or even more string bass though if you are serious about tapping because four strings just can't go high/low enough to play complex and challenging stuff. Especially when playing piano music; if, for example, you are playing a three-note chord in one hand, you only have one string to play other notes on. It's kinda frustrating.

Hope that helped XD
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Someone put up the beginning to Moonlight Sonata for practice
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This is how i personally do it (sorry for wonkiness of the lines also sorry if you cant make sense of it)

(X4) (X4) (X3) (X whatever, you will get the idea)
G|-------------9---|--------------9----|------------------9-----|---------------11----|
D|---------11-----|-----------11------|-------------11--------|----------12---------| then after this, you
A|--11------------|----11-------------|-------12--------------|---12----------------| add 13th fret on G
E|---9-------------|-----7-------------|--------5---------------|----2-----------------| where appropriate
(where it goes will
also become obvious)

personally playing this (OVER AND OVER) helped improve my tapping so much
#16
Good lesson, but

This tune begins with an open G followed by an A (5th fret).


Did you mean C? That's the only problem I could find. I'm off to try this when I get home.
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Good lesson, but



Did you mean C? That's the only problem I could find. I'm off to try this when I get home.


Corrected. Yes, I meant C. My bad, thanks for pointing it out.
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ok, read it, understood most, but; The First 2 Excises, do you pluck the first note? and then start tapping OR do you hammer your fingers on the next to create teh sound without playing any note before?
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ok, read it, understood most, but; The First 2 Excises, do you pluck the first note? and then start tapping OR do you hammer your fingers on the next to create teh sound without playing any note before?


You pluck the first note and then reach up with your plucking hand and hammer the second note. It should be the same in the second exercise, pluck the first, and then hammer the rest with your right hand.

Later on in the lesson I refer to complete tapping, where you don't necessarily pluck a string at all; you use the strength of your hammering fingers to sound out the note.

Hope this helps.
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Right, now i got it, thanks!
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#21
cool lesson and it's helped me start out on tapping. i have 2 grevances though you didn't put up any example songs and it'll take me alot of practice

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As far as examples go...I know this was said already, but I have to second it because it was the first tap song I ever learned and its helped my tapping skills so much...DMV by Primus. Jerry was a Racecar Driver is another great Primus song for tap, but that ones a little harder, so I'd say start with DMV.

Oh, guys, I have a question too...Ive been sick out of my mind for the last three days, so Ive been stuck in my room with my bass. I kind of came up with this new way to tap, which probably isnt actually as original as I think. Have any of you guys ever tried tapping with the side of your thumb, like the part you slap with. It gives it a slightly punchier sound, but does take away some versatility. Its not that much different, and doesnt give a huge advantage in any way, so I know Im not revolutionizing bass playing. But you always feel a little proud after inventing a new techinique, until you find out someone already does it, which happens everytime. So have you guys seen this?
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I learnt DMV once upon a time. Abour two weeks ago I heard Metropolis part.I. It only took a week and I can play it now, tapping is so easy and impressive (to my ears)

Just practice ladies and gents and you'll be kicking ass in no time!
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ya man i just impressed the shit put of my band when i started tapping in a solo
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I'm glad I could help you start the process of tapping!

I apologize if I haven't got any songs for practice up yet, but I figured I would leave that to the general consensus to fill in that blank.

Please, feel free to suggest tapping songs for others to play.
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Okay here's a little diddy I've been working on. Let the first two notes hold out, then play the last note as a stacato\regular quarter if you would. (I left off the E stirng, so watch out for that.)

G---------16------------14---:|----------12-------11-------12--------11\12|
D-----12-------------12------:|-----9--------9---------9---------9--------|
A-10-------------10----------:|--7--------7---------7--------7------------|


Those little colons mean repeat just so you know. I'm not going to the library (Or anywhere else) soon so I can't post a recording. I do the A+D strings with my left index and pinky, and the G string with my right middle. Just how I do it so. Enjoy!
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This is an excellent tutorial. I thank you greatly for composing such a great description of such a difficult technique. I've already got the basics down thanks to you. =D
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Quick question, in the hopes of someone with tapping knowledge giving me a good answer.

Whenever I tap strings high up the neck (12-21) I get a faint ringing reverb, I think its from the string hitting another fret or something, not sure. I don't get this problem if I fret close to where I'm tapping though (say I fret 7 or 9 so I can tap 12 and pull off etc) so I figure its something to do with me tapping on open strings.

Am I hitting the string too softly, too hard? Or, and this is what I think it is, is my bass a piece of crap?
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Awesome lesson. The part about harmonics was a bit confusing, and I'm still not exactly sure how to go about it, but no matter. It's still the simplest to follow and most straight-to-the-point lesson on bass tapping that I've read.

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As far as examples go...I know this was said already, but I have to second it because it was the first tap song I ever learned and its helped my tapping skills so much...DMV by Primus. Jerry was a Racecar Driver is another great Primus song for tap, but that ones a little harder, so I'd say start with DMV.

Oh, guys, I have a question too...Ive been sick out of my mind for the last three days, so Ive been stuck in my room with my bass. I kind of came up with this new way to tap, which probably isnt actually as original as I think. Have any of you guys ever tried tapping with the side of your thumb, like the part you slap with. It gives it a slightly punchier sound, but does take away some versatility. Its not that much different, and doesnt give a huge advantage in any way, so I know Im not revolutionizing bass playing. But you always feel a little proud after inventing a new techinique, until you find out someone already does it, which happens everytime. So have you guys seen this?


I tried that after reading your post. It's hard for me to get it accurate enough and it's really easy to accidentally distort the note. But if you can get good things out of it, work with it.
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Quick question, in the hopes of someone with tapping knowledge giving me a good answer.

Whenever I tap strings high up the neck (12-21) I get a faint ringing reverb, I think its from the string hitting another fret or something, not sure. I don't get this problem if I fret close to where I'm tapping though (say I fret 7 or 9 so I can tap 12 and pull off etc) so I figure its something to do with me tapping on open strings.

Am I hitting the string too softly, too hard? Or, and this is what I think it is, is my bass a piece of crap?


It's likely that the string is hitting a fret, more than likely a fret higher up than the one you're tapping. I'm sure this might be just a minor flaw, because the frets are so close higher up on the register, I can't see why they wouldn't hit in the first place by your description.

The only remedy I can think of is only slightly raising the action and see what happens. It could also be a rise in the neck at that point, but I'd find it odd since the neck at those frets is more than likely at the point where it's bolted to the body.
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I hope graybass doesnt mind, but heres a great example of tapping:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qHr_L0djH8


Beautiful music, good example, and I needed an excuse to share it with you guys .
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#34
Very nice piece. Thanks for sharing it with us, this is a great example of tapping.
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#35
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This is how i personally do it (sorry for wonkiness of the lines also sorry if you cant make sense of it)

(X4) (X4) (X3) (X whatever, you will get the idea)

G|-------------9---|--------------9----|------------------9-----|---------------11----|
D|---------11-----|-----------11------|-------------11--------|----------12---------| then after this, you
A|--11------------|----11-------------|-------12--------------|---12----------------| add 13th fret on G
E|--9-------------|----7-------------|--------5---------------|----2-----------------|

where appropriate
(where it goes will
also become obvious)

personally playing this (OVER AND OVER) helped improve my tapping so much


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#36
Here is a cool little "riff(s)" you can tap.. its a great practice while its possible to improvise, it sound musical:

for the start i tap notes from the Gmajor and then Gminor (just move one finger to change scale let the notes ring


Gmajor version:
*=let ring
improvise the hell out of it...
G:|---------------------16--------19poff-16--------------
D:|---------------19---------------------------------------
A:|----------17*---------------------------------------------
E:|----15*---------------------------------------------------


Gminor:

just move one finger ½step

G:|---------------------15--------19poff-16--------------
D:|---------------19---------------------------------------
A:|----------17*---------------------------------------------
E:|----15*---------------------------------------------------


I do it the pattern abouv 2 times the 2nd passage i moves the root ½step down to Gb and then i move to the E on the 12th fret and do the same pattern


it helps strengthen my fingers while its possible for ppl to listen to me while i practice.


It based from a tapping exercise mr.Wooten showed in a video on youtube.com
#38
Great lesson man. I really enjoyed it.
Another song with tapping is Scarified by Racer X. It's pretty fast though but I'm sure you guys who know tapping can manage it.
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#39
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A few songs involving tapping. I'm not gonna try and categorise them because I don't really know what you would be classed as beginner etc. XD

Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 1 [bass solo]
Primus - DMV
Trivium - Broken One ]


I can't find Broken One anywhere. It's not on any off their cd's. Can you please explain?
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