Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by RandSoundgarden, Dec 2, 2001.

  1. RandSoundgarden


    Sep 10, 2000
    Have any of you tried finger-tapping for bass? My friend is a guitarist and he showed me how to do it, and I've been practicing it for a while now, and it sounds pretty cool if you do it on the upper frets on your g and d strings. It's hard to do at the start, but if you practice, you'll be like Eddie Van Halen on bass in no time! Just joking. But, seriously, you should try it, because it offers some new tricks for soloing and adding some liveliness to the rhythm section.
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Do a search on tapping. Plenty of info.

    EvH does a pretty primitive version of tapping.

    Check out bassists like Stu Hamm, Victor Wooten, etc., they play entire songs, not just triads in triplets.
  3. melvin


    Apr 28, 2001
    Yeah the stuff those guys do is pretty hardcore.

    Oh and yes I learned to tap like that a year or so ago, I had a guitarist teacher and he didnt know what to teach me so...BOOM he taught me that.

    I only do it to quiet down guitarist now. :D
  4. traktor


    Jul 22, 2001
    Weed, California
    U.S. Manager for Mobius Megatar Touch-Style Basses
    Our company makes specialized tapping basses, but we have a method book which works for any bass (though best if you've got six to eight strings).
    You may need to position your bass with the tuners high and to the left of your head so that both hands can get at the frets most comfortably, and you may need to lower the action on your instrument, but most basses can produce good sound using tapping technique.
    To download the free method book, go to
    and follow the link to the 'Document Archive'. There you'll find the method book, plus past issues of our (free) newsletter which also contains free lessons and articles relating to tapping.
    Hope you find this info useful!