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Tapping Technique: Developing Simultaneous Chordal and Bass Line Accompaniment
Tapping Technique

Tapping Technique: Developing Simultaneous Chordal and Bass Line Accompaniment

One way of applying your tapping skills to either a solo context or with a small ensemble is to create both chordal and bass line accompaniment at the same time. In this new “Tapping Technique” lesson, Josh Cohen covers this topic.

Tapping Technique: Rhythmic Displacement of Melodies
Tapping Technique

Tapping Technique: Rhythmic Displacement of Melodies

Two-hand tapping on an electric bass can be used in a multitude of ways. In his new “Tapping Technique” lesson, Josh Cohen covers the creation of improvisations in the upper register with the right hand while playing a bass line in the left hand.

Tapping Technique: Rhythmic Displacement
Tapping Technique

Tapping Technique: Rhythmic Displacement

Josh Cohen is back with his second installment in his “Tapping Technique” bass lesson series. In this episode, he shares tips on “Rhythmic Displacement” in an effort to improve playing two or more independent parts at the same time.

Tapping Technique: Developing Rhythmic Independence
Tapping Technique

Tapping Technique: Developing Rhythmic Independence

Josh Cohen kicks off a new bass lesson series on No Treble focusing on Tapping Technique. This first lesson focuses on developing rhythmic independence.

Talking Technique: Tapping into Tapping
Talking Technique

Talking Technique: Tapping into Tapping

Today we’re talking tapping! I get a lot of questions about tapping because of Oon, my duo with bassoonist Paul Hanson. I get to play chords, melodies, and grooves – sometimes at the same time. Tapping is a helpful technique to expand the possibilities of the bass, but it must be used with taste! Function comes first. This lesson will...

Two-Handed Tapping and Developing Hand Independence for Bass Players
Ask Damian Erskine

Two-Handed Tapping and Developing Hand Independence for Bass Players

Q: I have been practicing two-handed taping and can’t get independence between left and right hand. Specifically, I can’t play rhythm patterns with my fretting hand and independently play harmony with the plucking hand. Can you suggest some workout for this kind of problem? A: While I have very limited experience with two-handed tapping, I do have experience with working...

Andy Saxton: A Fire Inside
Bass Videos

Andy Saxton: A Fire Inside

Andy Saxton really brings it in his tune, “A Fire Inside.” The hard-hitting, bass-up-front song features the bassist going nuts with slapping and tapping to drive unrelenting metal rhythms. The track comes from his new EP, Drum and Bass.

Nick Mason: Jingle Bells Solo Tap Bass
Bass Videos

Nick Mason: Jingle Bells Solo Tap Bass

Editor’s note: we’re celebrating the holidays this week with some awesome (and sometimes funny) holiday videos. Be sure to check back every day for some holiday cheer, bass-style. We first featured bassist Nick Mason recently, with his all-bass arrangement of Randy Newman’s “You’ve Got a Friend in Me“. And then we spotted this fun holiday-inspired performance by Nick, two hand...

Bass Videos

Victor L. Solo Tap Bass: A csitári hegyek alatt

This is the Hungarian folk song, “A csitári hegyek alatt”, adapted to bass guitar and performed by L?rincz Viktor, aka Victor L.

Bass Videos

Alvaro Martín: Columbian Spirit

In this video Alvaro Martín spotlights a Columbian genre of music called Pasillo, which is typical of the country’s Andean region. The song is called “Espíritu Colombiano” (“Colombian Spirit”) and it was composed by Luis Eduardo a.k.a. “Lucho” Bermúdez.

Bass Lessons

Power Lesson #1: Two Handed Tapping

This is the first in a series of three lessons from my new online course Contemporary Techniques For Bass Guitar.  This lesson is an excerpt from my new book/DVD, Tapestry, which is scheduled for release in September. The song illustrated here is called Ebenella and was written by a good friend of mine, Rob Gourlay. These techniques are the same...