#1
I've been practicing tapping arpeggios lately and when I play I get this sound that's really annoying. I'll tap a note and when I hit it I hear the sound of the string hitting the fretboard. I tried changing the action but it didn't help. It's not a buzzing sound, all you hear is a percussive sound of the string hitting the fretboard and it's really annoying.

I get this same sound when I'm doing hammer-ons/pull-offs.

Is this a technique issue, an issue with my bass or is this something that you can't avoid?
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#2
I dunno but maybe you aren't pressing down hard enough.
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#3
I've tried pressing harder but the noise just gets louder :p
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#4
I'm just shooting in the dark but what about string tension?
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#5
What's string tension?
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#6
How tight the strings are.
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#7
Well I don't know how to change that or what my tension should be set at.

I'm in standard tuning, so they aren't floppy if that's what you mean rofl
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#8
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Well I don't know how to change that or what my tension should be set at.

I'm in standard tuning, so they aren't floppy if that's what you mean rofl


lol, no harm in checking.

You should go over to your local guitar shop and ask them 'cause I'm not sure.
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#9
Me neither, thanks for the help man.

The one thing I always wonder that bothers me though

is like when I'm watching guys do crazy bass stuff in Youtube videos and I wonder

"Do they get that noise, but I just can't hear it?"

I can't see that this noise is a technique problem because I've tried hitting it lighter and harder, different places near the fret and stuff like that but I just don't get it.
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#11
you just need better control over your fingers you're probably hitting the strings too hard and too near the frets. THis is especially a problem with the right hand index and middle fingers for a lot of people. Work on making dynamically consistant taps with each finger and work on the clarity of your notes and the release of each "tap." If you get more control, you won't have to tap as hard and you'll get less fret noise.
#13
roll off the tone knob you. you want a bright sound but you want basicly a round sound start with the tone knob at about half
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#14
This has been quite enlightening. :

Thanks a ton, fellas!
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#15
You also might want to look at getting lighter strings. Firstly much easier to tap, and that should reduce background noise when tapping.
#16
try turning your amp up

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#17
I'm pretty sure you just can't avoid this. I'd just get used to it, because as far as I know, it happens to everyone (especially if you have larger frets, like "Extra Jumbo" or "Jumbo").
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#18
I had the same problem, it's just your strings. Some strings feel "harder" than others so they don't bend as easily I guess, you know? I bought new strings and now tapping sounds a whole lot better.
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#19
All of thes suggestions for reducing treble, turning up amp volume, lighter strings etc. are really good, but they don't address the issue of sloppy tapping that underlies it. Though there may be limits to how much of this noise you can reduce through proper finger control and good technique, you should push that limit, even as you make these other adjustments to make it sound better.
#21
At 3:50 or so when Alex is tapping, that's the kind of noise I get.

Annoying, isn't it?

Yes it is...
Definitely sloppy tapping if the sound is coming out of the amp.