Jean Baudin, the bassist famous for his “Super Mario theme song” performance on 11-string extended bass and other videos, has released a method book on bass tapping technique.
The Mechanics of Tapping is a 58 page ebook aimed at beginning and intermediate bassists. The book covers Baudin’s approach to tapping with tab for both the left and right hand and is written for 5-string bass players, though Baudin says . Audio files are included with the ebook for many of the exercises, as well as excerpts from Baudin’s solo efforts including Nuclear Rabbit and Element of Surprise.
“The two-handed tapping method is powerful for bassists who want to add a new dimension to their bass playing,” Baudin said. “Over the years, I have taught lessons and led master classes and clinics to help bass players learn my unique method of two-handed tapping. This book walks players through the technique and provides exercises to help them develop the skills to create and play two-handed tapping parts to create more dynamic bass parts and compositions.”
The Mechanics of Tapping covers the following:
- Finger Exercises
- Two-handed Arpeggiated Chords
- Traditional Two-Handed Tapping
- “Vanishing” (Jean Baudin)
- “Puppy Love” (Jean Baudin)
- “Frosty Acres” (Jean Baudin)
- “My Girls Got Guts” (Nuclear Rabbit)
- “Alone with My Clone” (Nuclear Rabbit)
- “Look who’s Cross-eyed Now” (Nuclear Rabbit)
- “Truth’s Ugly Head” (Nuclear Rabbit)
- “San Francisco Treat” (Nuclear Rabbit)
- “Lemmings” (Nuclear Rabbit)
- “Inspiration” (Element of Surprise)
- “Flip the Switch” (Element of Surprise)
- J.S Bach’s “Tocatta”
The Mechanics of Tapping is available for $17.00 from Baudin’s web site.