Bass - 5 string w tapping

A nice fat technique for a 5 string bass is the topic of this entry. The concept sounds good played slow to moderate to really get the sustain and power out of the notes. Let's take a look before describing some of the aspects of this short piece.

5 string bass octave and taps

The first thing you may notice is that the score is not two half note beats. It could have been scored that way, but in reality you need that little moment at the end of each bar to move to new shapes. The timing shown in the traditional notation is a more realistic.

You'll notice that each bar starts with an octave. Easy enough. The second two notes are nice clusters up high to compliment the octave notes. Notice the right hand technique shown in blue. Octave notes are played with your first and third finger (fingering hand) and the cluster notes are played with first and second finger. If you notice the cluster notes are tapped.

You'll also notice the 'let ring' instruction. That's because in each bar each string only sounds once. Once you hit that octave on beat one let it ring throughout. Ah, but.... here's a tricky thing - when you tap the cluster notes make sure neither your fretting hand or your fingering hand touches the strings of the octave notes. That'll give you four notes all ringing out. Boom!

What are the chords to these. Well the first bar is pretty much defined as a D, so you can call either D Major or d minor. The second bar octave is an F# but there's an A note in the taps so that means the bar is probably an f#minor. Still if you're adventurous, your other players might be able to define these bars as something totally different with whichever notes and chords they chose to implement. 

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