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Christmas Tapping Lesson

by Bogdan Radovic

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  • Hello GMCs! Today we have a tapping lesson that will introduce you to the world of tapping on a bass guitar. Tapping is a playing technique where you tap the notes with both your hands on a fretboard in order to get the desired effect.Pull off and hammer ons are often associated with this technique. Bass players like Billy Sheehan, Victor Wooten, John Myung, Les Claypool are famous for using this technique. Its very fun and can be very effective and adds a lot of diversity to your playing.

    In this lesson you are going to learn one of the best known Christmas songs in the world - "Jingle Bells" also known as "One Horse Open Sleigh". I did original arrangement of it for you to play using tapping technique on bass. You will learn how to tap notes, how to do double hand tapping, how to incorporate slides to it and everything you need to know to be able to play tapping bass lines. I simplified the melody line for you to be able to learn it easier and have more fun with it then :)

    All the notes played in this piece belong to the C major scale. I'm playing this song in dropped-D tuning. You will have to tune your E string one step down to D.Your tuning will be then DADG. Remember to do this before starting to practice this lesson.

    -Key: C
    -Tempo : 110 bpm
    -Time signature: 4/4
    -Tuning : dropped-D
    -Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate

    Equipment I used for getting this sound was: Peavey Cirrus bass with active soapbar pickups, equal mix of both of them with added treble and middle on onboard eq - then going to the nemesis(eden) amp with a 1x15" and slightly added bass and treble there (at 1 o'clock position)..

    Feel free to ask me any questions in the lesson feedback and in the forum.

    Enjoy and I hope you'll have a lot of fun with it :)

    I wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

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