Tapping For Bass Guitar Lesson – Fast Van Halen / Billy Sheehan style Linear Tapping (L#72)

Tapping For Bass Guitar Lesson - Fast Van Halen / Billy Sheehan style Linear Tapping (L#72)

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This is the first lesson in a short 3 part series dedicated to Tapping for Bass Guitar.
The series is broken into three parts of linear tapping, piano style tapping and contrapuntal style.

This lesson deals with tapping in the stereotypical Eddie Van Halen or Billy sheehan style. I work through the basics of the technique starting with hammerons and pulloffs and then move onto hammering with the picking hand.

The exercises work through basic triad arpeggios then move onto runs up and down a scale and finally the trill tapping Billy Sheehan uses in the song “Addicted To That Rush” (Mr Big).

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20 comments

  1. Cristian Gutierrez

    gracias ….

  2. This is by far the best explanation of tapping I have come across. been studying guitar technique for decades. just getting into bass.  No one explains the arpeggio aspect or the proper right hand moves. You are an exceptional teacher

  3. do you have low action on your bass?

  4. Most comprehensive and helpful lesson I've ever had! You sir, are a god and I am more than appreciative of your exceptional work! Subscribed!

  5. hello…just I want to know how can I get your book all about techniques on bass guitar let me know is very important to me thank you God bless you…I need all your book…

  6. hello…just I want to know how can I get your book all about techniques on bass guitar let me know is very important to me thank you God bless you…I need all your book…

  7. Augusto de Moraes Valente

    Nice video an' accent. R u brit? If you are, from where?

  8. man, you´re crazy awesome

  9. Jeffrey “RaTcHEt-CaT” Wheaton

    what type of bass does he use? It looks like an ibanez sr300. i'm thinking about buying one but i'm thinking a TRBX 504 Yamaha bass guitar. which one should i get. i've looked at both and i cant chose between the two? Plz Help.

  10. chris yap zu yu

    I just have to learn the peanuts theme

  11. You are the best teacher!

  12. Hi

  13. love this ,pls go on you are an awesome player and person :)

  14. Couture Europe

    I never tried Tapping before, because looks like a difficult thing, and never understood
    what tapping players really were doing, I bought books not really pratical so never try to practice
    in a serious way. BUT NOW you open my eyes.!

    It is really easy !

    Thanks a lot Mark
    Juanki Funki

  15. Hi i've seen alot of "tapping bass" player have a piece of foam between the pickups like you. Could you explain why please? thank you for posting these great quality lessons! :)

  16. Excellent lesson. I've never tried it before and now your video helped me to start it out. Thanks!

  17. Ernie Leblanc: Into the Bass

    Greetings, Mark

    You are an amazing bassist and instructor and your videos are always great, but, in my humble opinion, this one, being the "spear-head" of a series you are presenting, seems to focus upon "going to town" with out a detailed map because the right-hand actuations in terms of approach, impact technique, and release are not presented in sufficient enough detail to encompass beginning tappers.

    Just a point-of-view offering, not a criticism.

    My Best to You & Yours,

    – Ernie Leblanc, "Into the Bass!"

  18. Simon M. Svensson

    Some inspiration:
    Simon M. Svensson – Trómos

    :)

  19. Christopher Clune

    Great lesson, can't wait to try tapping, tbh it kind of scared me to try because of Les Claypool's tapping, but thank you for making it simple 

  20. NIce to see the old Stu Hamm lick there.

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