#1
I decided to start practicing my tapping but I find it hard to actually get a good sound from it. What kind of tone should I be aiming for as well? I am also planning on changing strings soon so what strings do you think have a good tone when tapping?
#2
make sure your tapping technique is good and tap near the fret. also make sure you have no loose sleeves resting on the strings, i find i get this a lot when tapping lol.

there are way better tappers than me out here so ill let them try and help you more!

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#3
I used to have the same problem. Although I guess I never really solved it, I did buy another bass and found that my tapping on my new bass (AM Jazz Bass) was so much more clear than on my old one it was night and day. I think the reason behidn this was that the action on my old bass was waaaay too high. So basically, lower the action on your bass a bit, and it also helps alot to give your tone a treble boost.
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#5
M=mute
T= where you tap
P= pick up

________M________T________P
________M________T________P
________M________T________P
________M________T________P

make sure you mute it on the other side of your hand from the pick up or you will get the note from the longer side of the string, even if its the other side

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#6
Thanks for the responses are there any suggestions on strings with good tones for tapping?
#7
i'm not sure baout strings, but if you're thinking about seriously doing some tapping stuff,
i'd buy a compreshion pedal (or play with your compreshion knob on your amp... if you have one, i know alot of the hartke combo's have 'em.... just... yeah)

compreshion pedals help make notes all about the same volume. also, you may want to get used to tapping harder

and ditto to boosting mids
#8
if you have 3 band EQ but bass flat and crank the mid and the trebble also a bridge piclup helps
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#9
bridge pick up? i always thought balencing it in the middle was best...
if you could explain.. why bridge?
#10
bridge has a more mid kinda tone easier to hear the note your tapping!
I pretty much always play with my bridge pickup on my esp :P
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#12
Elixir strings should help you with clarity. You should also practice a lot more. The more you do it the stronger your fingers will get and the clearer your tapping will become. For the ultimate test take a acoustic guitar and try to tap that Stu Hamm country solo. And take that as your goal. When you can pull that off on a acoustic you can do anything on the bass.
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#13
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Elixir strings should help you with clarity. You should also practice a lot more. The more you do it the stronger your fingers will get and the clearer your tapping will become. For the ultimate test take a acoustic guitar and try to tap that Stu Hamm country solo. And take that as your goal. When you can pull that off on a acoustic you can do anything on the bass.


Oh god I've been trying to do some tapping, and since I only have an acoustic it sucks. I almost have to slam down my fingers, then I get fret buzz a bit. I guess I need to figure out the exact amount of pressure to use.
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#14
Practice makes perfect - part of it is strengtheing those particular finger muscles - I still get that problem. Turning up your amp often helps. Might not make it sound more perfect, but turning up the volume is always good ^_^
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#15
i dont know how, but i seemed to just pick up tapping easily
i started learning it on guitar first to get a feel for it, and then transferred it to my bass playing
so if you have a guitar, practice on that first, although i cant imagine it working for many other people
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#17
you might not be tapping with enough pressure on the string, I watched some guy do a bass tapping lesson and he said to put the top of your middle finger on the nail of your index finger, it helps to add more pressure without hurting your finger. It helped me, its sorta a habbit to tap like that now.
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#19
when i started tapping it really taught me to turn up the volume knob but play softer with my picking hand. That way i get better technique while picking and my tapping is louder.
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#20
String height is also very important. If your strings are too high, then it may be near impossible to get a decent tapping sound. A good pro setup would help a lot of things, including tapping.