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Re: How about a little tapping?


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Posted by Kostas K. on July 27, 2000 at 16:19:44:

In Reply to: How about a little tapping? posted by jack daniel on July 26, 2000 at 07:16:15:

: HI! i'm a 17 years old (french!) bassist and i just start tapping on bass. I wonder if anyone of you have good tips or tricks for a tapping beginner.....and maybe some on slapping too!

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If you search through the internet you will find some(12?) tapping lessons that a bassist (whose name I can't remember) wrote for free. I think they will help you a lot. Just, go to a search machine (www.altavista.com , www.yahoo.com) and type "tapping lessons".

Tips
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The main thing to remember is to anchor your right hand thumb to the upper edge of the fretboard (the edge that is looking at the sky) and set the attack & relief of your strings low. Try to achieve a clean and steady sound and be sure to take a brake soon when you feel tired.

Exercises
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(for right-hand only)
1a) G:--12-12-12-12-

b) G:--12/13-12/13- or G:--12/14-12/14- or G:--12/15-12/15- ( / = slide up)

Repeat a lot of times with the index and middle fingers in all strings and frets

2) G:--12-12-12-12- (middle finger)
D:--12-12-12-12- (index finger)


Repeat a lot of times in all strings and frets


3) G:--13-13-13-13- (middle finger)
D:--12-12-12-12- (index finger)

Repeat a lot of times in all strings and frets

4) G:--14-14-14-14- (middle finger)
D:--12-12-12-12- (index finger)

Repeat a lot of times in all strings and frets

5) G:--11-11-11-11- (middle finger)
D:--12-12-12-12- (index finger)

Repeat a lot of times in all strings and frets.

6) Appregiate exercises 2,3,4,5 in all strings and frets.

(for right and left-hand)
7) Try playing a bass line in exercises 1,2,3,4,5,6 by hammering on (from nowhere) with your left hand on the frets of theE And A string(use chord harmony).

Try taking this exercises a step beyond by using your mind and chord harmony


Also try listening at some Stanley Jordan, Victor Wooten, Dream Theater and Mr.big records.Good Luck!

Kostas K.
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