Pentatonic Tapping For Bass
Here is a pentatonic lick that is a combination of various hammer-ons, pull-offs, and tapping techniques. No picking or "plucking" techniques are utilized here. Completely legato. Wherever you see two "T's"(tap symbol) side by side, I tap the first "T" with my first finger and the second "T" with my third finger, then I pull off. The other "T's" in this lick are tapped by my first finger, with my second finger riding "piggyback" on top of my first for added power and strength (ala Billy Sheehan). This is a great tapping lick/exercise for guitarists as well, although guitar players should probably forego the "piggyback" technique because of smaller strings that require less pressure. I have presented this lick at both fast and slow speeds.
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I started playing bass when I was 17, influenced heavily by Billy Sheehan, Geddy Lee (and the inspirational lyrics of Neil Peart). I became motivated to practice for hours on end, always trying to better my fingers. By the time I was 19, I had landed a "spotlight column" feature in the May '92 issue of Guitar Player magazine.
Ominous Guitarists From The Unknown - "Mercury Bath" ('91)
Derek Taylor's Dystrophy - "Ain't Got No Use For It" ('94)
Scot Stine's Broke - " Hey Lejato" ('94)
A couple of tracks on Guitars On The Edge CDs - ('91-'93)
I must also mention that Carvin was kind enough to endorse me for a couple of years ('92-'94). So where have I been since '94? I returned to being a musician a year and a half ago. My bass slept for 5 and a half years! Laughed at by time, tricked by circumstances. So now I'm back and I hope you'll enjoy some of my playing.
For my current instrumental project, I am attempting to enlist virtuoso drummer Robin Qubty. My new musical project is in full-swing, however, I am constantly writing and introducing new ideas into my compositions. Maintaining my technique takes a lot of time also. Keeping the moving parts, moving! I currently play a 4 string custom bass, and I love GHS medium gauge strings. My amplification remains Peavey. I have no official endorsements. My string gauge is:
G - .050
D - .070
A - .85
E - .105