Finger Nubbing

Buckethead Tapping Techinque in detail

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Finger nubbing is a tapping techinque made famous by buckethead, particulary in his song Jordan. This involves tapping on with 2, 3 or 4 fingers on the all the strings which results in a fast, robotic like sound. To start we'l use 2 fingers, I usually mainly use 3 as 4 can be quite tricky and my pinky isnt my strongest finger. Make sure your amp has soke distortion but not too much so it's buzzing and have your switch set to the neck position. Were going to start on the low E string, it's easier to tap on the lwoer strings but to by tapping on the thicker strings it helps you hear your tapping clearer and lets you know if your performing right. When finger nubbing your going to go from your pinky, finger, to your ring finger, to your middle finger and then your index finger, since were using 2 fingers when tapping we go from middle finger to index finger. Same goes to your frettting hand: Diagram;Fretting hand= fi-index,fm=middle,fr=ring,fp=pinky Tapping hand= i=index,m=middle,r=ring,p=pinky
E------------------------------------------------------------------
A------------------------------------------------------------------
D------------------------------------------------------------------
G------------------------------------------------------------------
B------------------------------------------------------------------
E------------10p16------9p15---------------------------------------
             fm m       fi i
What were going to do hear is, place our fretting hand over the 10th fret, then with your tapping hand, tap the 16th fret and pull off to the 10th. The with your fretting hand index finger over the 9th fret, tap the 15th fret with your tapping hand. Make sure you tap the 16th fret with your middle finger, then tap the 15th with your fretting hand, keep practising and build up speed. Try these :
E-------------------------------------------------------------10p16--9p15
B---------------------------------------------------10p16--9p15-----------
G---------------------------------------10p16--9p15-----------------------
D--------------------------10p16--9p15------------------------------------
A-------------10p16--9p15-------------------------------------------------
E10p16--9p15--------------------------------------------------------------
And this:
E---------------------------------------------------2p13-3p12------
A-----------------------------------------2p13-3p12----------------
D-------------------------------2p13-3p12--------------------------
G---------------------2p13-3p12------------------------------------
B-----------2p13-3p12----------------------------------------------
E-2p13-3p12--------------------------------------------------------
Experiment on different strings, making sure you tap middle then index, the same with the fretting hand, don't forget to jsut hold down the lower string with fretting hand before the next string along. Now lets try the same but with 3 fingers, we'l do the exact same thing as before expcet this time were going to add a fret, this time were going to go ring, middle then index, making sure you tap the string and pull off clearly.
E------------------------------------------------------------------
A------------------------------------------------------------------
D------------------------------------------------------------------
G------------------------------------------------------------------
B------------------------------------------------------------------
E------------10p16------9p15----8p14-------------------------------
             fr r       fm m    fi i
Now try these:
E---------------------------------------------------------------------------
A----------------------------------------------------------------10p16-9p15
D------------------------------------------------10p16-9p15-8p14------------
G--------------------------------10p16-9p15-8p14----------------------------
B----------------10p16-9p15-8p14--------------------------------------------
E-10p16-9p15-8p14-----------------------------------------------------------

E--------10p16-9p15-8p14-------------------------------------------
A--8p14------------------------------------------------------------
D------------------------------------------------------------------
G------------------------------------------------------------------
B------------------------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------
For 4 fingers simply add your pinky on both hands and an extra fret, although I suggest sticking to 2 or 3 fingers. Another buckethead finger nubbing trick is to use 2 fingers on one string, tap it and slide up the fretbroad.
E------------------------------------------------------------------
A-------6p1112-----------------------------------------------------
D------------------------------------------------------------------
G------------------------------------------------------------------
B------------------------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------
     >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>slide to 12
What this means is hold the 6th fret on the B string, then tap the same string at the 11th and 12th fret with your middle then index finger repeatadly, then slide up to the 12th fret, as you move to the 7th fret with your fretting hand, your tapping hand moves up a fret and so on and so on. Important tips: 1. Strike the strings hard and cleany, making sure the pull off is sounded. 2. Use the palm of your tapping hand to mute unwanted string noise, try to tap with your hand so it's palm is slightly covering the strings near the bridge so you can quickly prevent unwanted noise. 3. Make sure with both hands you go in order of pinky, ring, middle and index, make sure you have exact co-ordination and syncronisation between your two hands.

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    Nikkorico_03
    Good demonstration of this technique, but one main flaw is your grammar. It's extremely hard to comprehend when you put commas in the wrong places and what-not. Good lesson overall though!
    munkyman123
    [quote]Siggelump wrote: worton wrote: How can you pull of from 2 to 13? Hammer on? Please. It's clearly a lesson about tapping. no the tabs are all backwards ex. 10p 16 should be 16p 10 when pulling you go from hight to low. read dude
    rhoadrunner
    Billy Kochase wrote: SO its tapping using more than one finger to tap
    they have one finger tapping. I thought everyone just used like three fingers, seriously with three fingas you like triple da shpeed
    electricfinger1
    Bucket head is so cool. Thanx for this tab i really learned heaps and i learned how to finger nub straight away so tyvm!
    Joe310707
    Its not the speed that gives a good sound ,its how clean and precise you play. Lots of gain ,high mids and a bit of treble ,overdrive helps to. Make sure your tapping quite hard and striking the note and flicking off to pull off to the note your fret hand is playing. Muting is essential too ,keep your palm near the strings ready to dampen out the sound. Dont worry ive been practicing it for a quite a while and i arent that fast.
    Livingtime
    How do i get faster with tapping? my right hand won't move fast enough to get a decent sound
    ohheymrflamingo
    Dudes, if you dont like his lesson then go away from it and look at something else. Stop wasting everyones time making obscene and rude comments. Its been on every one of his lessons that ive looked at and they're all useful to me. Just very annoying when im trying to find validity in the lessons by looking at the comments and people are just being dumbasses.
    e-bowie
    How are you people posting comments without even reading the lesson? Things so arbitrary like "he uses a kill switch". Thanks genius but that has nothing to do with what is being discussed.
    Joe310707
    Yeah its basically multiple finger tapping ,but buckethead calls it finger-nubbing
    Siggelump
    worton wrote: How can you pull of from 2 to 13? Hammer on?
    Please. It's clearly a lesson about tapping.
    sammo_boi wrote: A good introduction to tapping but this is one finger tapping
    No? None of these are with one on the right hand. Nice lesson!
    sammo_boi
    A good introduction to tapping but this is one finger tapping and won't get you far as songs like midnight and building the church require two or three right hand fingers.
    Tzuqris
    Maxferguson wrote: he uses a kill switch
    Not when he's nubbing he doesn't
    km4sound
    worton wrote: How can you pull of from 2 to 13? Hammer on?
    Fretting hand(left) hits the 2, tapping hand(right) hits the 13