Tapping is just for solo bass… right?
Absolutely not! While tapping is certainly an integral part of a solo bass performance, it is and can be so much more. And as with any expansive bass technique (eg slapping, harmonics, etc), it can be viewed as another tool in your toolbox.
I recently did a live stream with Josh Cohen, someone who has embraced tapping in a big way and we talked about what it is (and what it is not!) and how it can be useful for everyone – not just those who aspire to perform in a solo bass setting.
How can Tapping help me?
Learning tapping can improve your overall fingerstyle playing in several ways:
- Technique – By learning to play two separate and independent bass parts, you are training yourself to think ahead, create and play in real-time. That is a huge benefit for all styles and types of playing!
- Harmony – When tapping, one of your tapping hands in effect, mimics one hand of a pianist, by playing two and three-note chords. Or a melody. Thinking in these terms (“chordally” and melodically), will absolutely expand your musical vocabulary and undoubtedly open up new and exciting possibilities for your basslines!
Listen to Josh Cohen Talk Tapping with me!
During a recent Livestream with Josh, he expanded on these as well as other key points about Tapping that are probably on your mind. We also dispel a few of the most common misconceptions surrounding Tapping during our Q & A segment.
As a reminder, Josh will be the first guest teacher on our Practice Groups platform. So if we piqued your interest, be sure to grab a seat in his 10-week group that begins on Sept. 21 (Tuesdays at 11AM PT).