Tapping? How to?
Hi all, I am encountering tapping in many vids these days, can someone tell me what it is and how to do it?
uh .. you tap a string with your fingers, it touches the fret and makes a sound.
low action and not too heavy strings recommended
It's exactly what you're seeing in the videos: the fretting hand and the plucking/picking hand work together to tap out notes - pressing hard enough on the fingerboard, obviously.
Basically, if you watch carefully, the musician will sound a note by tapping (and holding) with a fretting hand/finger; then as that note is usually being held, the other hand/finger will hit a second note that is appropriate for whatever is being played. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. There's no secret formula - the player kind of needs to know what they're playing to make it sound good. Knowing your fingerboard, scales and etc, helps immensely - just like every exercise/technique on the guitar. Practice! :)
I just quickly searched YouTube (don't forget Google): "how to tap bass." There seem to be lots of hits. Try some of them.
Check out You Tube videos of Grant Stinnett.
He has some good examples.
I studied with him.
Low action on your strings is helpful.
Ok, I have really heavy strings and not very low action, that's why it's not working.
MrLenny, I just checked out Grant Stinett.
Wow!! Made me want to burn my bass!! That guy is unreal. Of course, he's jamming with Michael Manring. That's no small feat.
I use the .045 to .100 gauge sets. Seems to work best for me for tapping and working on some Stu Hamm pieces.
I will have to watch that video.
John Myung has a pretty basic tapping lesson for his bass solo from Metropolis. This vid will help a lot.
There is a guy named Scott Devine, who I think is even a user here. He had a great tapping lesson but I can't find it right now. You might PM him about it.
I do a lot of tapping,my string gauge is .35 to .90 or 95 i don't remember..
I do have really low action.. when i'm tapping i usually think of scales and chords,i have a video online but nothing instructional tbh.
What i can say to help you is that you should work on knowing your fretboard and scales/chords as that can help immensily with note choices! :)
Hope i helped,also excuse me for my not-so-good english,not a native speaker :P
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