Tapping? How to?

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  1. fender099

    fender099

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    Hi all, I am encountering tapping in many vids these days, can someone tell me what it is and how to do it?
  2. miiitch

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    uh .. you tap a string with your fingers, it touches the fret and makes a sound.

    low action and not too heavy strings recommended
  3. AaronMB

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    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.
  4. MrLenny1

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    Check out You Tube videos of Grant Stinnett.
    He has some good examples.
    I studied with him.
    Low action on your strings is helpful.
  5. fender099

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    Ok, I have really heavy strings and not very low action, that's why it's not working.
  6. Rip Topaz

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    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.
  7. Kubicki440

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    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.
  8. RhynoRock

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  9. ZeroSymbolic

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    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.
  10. Bayonet

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    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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