Tapping problem?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Stamf, Jun 23, 2003.

  1. Stamf

    Stamf Guest

    Jun 17, 2003
    Sydney, Australia
    G'day all, I am having some trouble with tapping up high on bass...

    It seems whenever I tap a note, two tones come out, one is the 'real' note and one is yuck...

    I am pretty new to tapping so I'm not sure whether its my technique that is out, the frets, intonation etc. So could somebody please give me any help as to solve this problem? Thanks!
  2. Do you play unplugged? If you tap your electric bass unplugged, you will hear the notes from both sides of the fret (i.e. if you tap at the 12th fret, you will hear the note between the 11th fret and the nut as well). If you play through an amp, only the intended note is supposed to get heard. It may be something else though.
  3. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    It's nothing wrong with your technique. Tapping divides the string into two parts, both of which will ring. However, since the pickups only sit on one side of the stopped string, only the note you intend to play will (usually) be amplified.

    If you have an unusually sensitive instrument, you can prevent the "wrong part" of the strings from sounding through the pickups by muting them with a scrunchie/hairband near the nut, a la Victor Wooten. Or you can stuff tissue under the strings there.
  4. Stamf

    Stamf Guest

    Jun 17, 2003
    Sydney, Australia
    Ahh, what a relief thanks guys. I am playing plugged in but the 'yuck' tone still gets heard by me from my bass. I couldn't tell if the amp was doing the same. Thanks guys!
  5. TFR-bass

    TFR-bass Guest

    Jun 3, 2003
    Central Jersey
    You may want to record some tapping that you do to make sure that indeed it is just from your bass and not your amp. i know that when i first started learning to tap i heard a similar thing and it was the harmonics that were ringing out as well as the intended note. in my case this turned out to be because i wouldn't hit the note with enough confidence(as well as getting the proper position without my finger fattening up over the fret). When i just go ahead and lay into the note as if it's going to come out clean and clear, it does. :bag: