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Tapping on the Bass

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Mu(SIC)Fiend3, Dec 4, 2003.


  1. Mu(SIC)Fiend3

    Mu(SIC)Fiend3

    Dec 4, 2003
    I am new to this board and would really like to further increase my bass playing by starting to learn some tapping. I have tried to tap but I can never get any sound out of it. Does anyone have any suggestions for what they do to tap? Also a couple good tapping songs I could learn. Thanks a lot.
     
  2. Jason Carota

    Jason Carota Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2002
    Lowell, MA
    Hi, Mu(SIC)Fiend3, welcome to TB!

    If you are looking for information on tapping, check out some TalkBass search results here. Lots of stuff for you there. You may find more help in the technique section, too. Good luck with your tapping!
     
  3. Mu(SIC)Fiend3

    Mu(SIC)Fiend3

    Dec 4, 2003
    Thank you very much = )
     
  4. Jason Carota

    Jason Carota Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2002
    Lowell, MA
    No problem. :bassist:
     
  5. Chris A

    Chris A Chemo sucks!

    Feb 25, 2000
    Manchester NH
    Yeah, let's move on over to Technique......


    Chris A.:rolleyes: :bassist:
     
  6. nugget77

    nugget77 Member

    Oct 24, 2003
    long island ny
    I'm going to need a time out, because I can't play like a grown-up and respect other members. Please exuse my absence
     
  7. Mu(SIC)Fiend3

    Mu(SIC)Fiend3

    Dec 4, 2003
    I was wondering the same thing. Thanks Nugget
     
  8. nugget77

    nugget77 Member

    Oct 24, 2003
    long island ny
    I'm not allowed to post at TalkBass untill I learn to act like a big boy.
     
  9. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Simmer down...ah, the ignorance of youth...
     
  10. Jack Sparrow

    Jack Sparrow

    Aug 26, 2003
    Houston, Tx
    and the snobbishness of old age.
     
  11. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    ...and I half expected it to be made of wood... ;)
     
  12. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    Chris, I edited your post so that offensive content is gone. Administration will take care of the rest. ~Mod.
     
  13. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Another piece of useless trivia, it's Warmduscher in German :p
     
  14. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    OK, to get it back on the topic.

    Set up your bass to medium-to-low action, use a light touch.

    Position your left hand with the thumb-behind-the-neck posture, and the right hand with the thumb on top of the neck, with the four fretting fingers on a string.

    Lightly tap a string to sound a note, lift the finger to stop it. Use all other fingers to mute unwanted string vibration. You can try using a scroungie(?) aka hair band to mute open strings, a la Vic Wooten. Surf the net for online lessons, get Stu Hamm's The Bass Book and his first 3 albums, and even better, get a good teacher.

    Hope that helps little grasshopper.