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Basic Tapping, Part 3 : Adam Nitti Technique Series

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Meet Adam Nitti –

Welcome back, bass-folk!

My last 2 articles dealt with basic tapping exercises designed to introduce you to the techniques used, as well as right and left hand independence. In this installment, we will move away from the more ‘exercise-like’ nature of our previous lessons and into more practical applications that allow you to create and play some slightly more musical grooves using 2 handed tapping.

The time we have invested so far on permutations and ‘copycat’ lines has hopefully helped you to somewhat equalize the dexterity between your right and left hands. For most of us, tapping using the plucking hand is the more difficult task to master because that hand almost never spends time on the fingerboard. If you have been practicing consistently, now you should have developed enough skill in your plucking hand to where you can now begin to work on right and left hand independence.

Obviously, being able to play independently with each hand is absolutely necessary if you want to become skilled at performing 2 handed tapping grooves and compositions. When beginning to work on these skills on the bass, it is helpful to assign specific tasks for each hand. An approach I like to use involves using the fretting hand for playing bass lines, while the plucking hand plays a melody or chords. Although this is not the only way to create complimentary 2 handed parts, this is the approach we will take in this latest installment as we work on pushing you to the next level in your development.

Exercise 1

In this exercise we will practice tapping out a bass line with our fretting hand that will be used in the remaining exercises for today’s assignment. The bass line is a bossa type line that taps out the root and 5th from a C major chord in a repetitive fashion. You can see it played in the accompanying video clip.

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Exercise 2

Now we will add a simple melody for the plucking hand made up of whole notes, using notes from the C major scale. Refer to the accompanying video clip to see how it is played. If you are having trouble putting the 2 parts together, even at very slow tempos, then practice each hand’s part individually until you feel comfortable combining them.

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Exercise 3

In this exercise we will once again add a tapped melody line with the plucking hand, but this time the melody will be a little more involved, incorporating a bit of syncopation to increase the level of difficulty. Once again, if you are having trouble putting the parts together, first practice each part individually.

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Until next time, have fun shedding!!!

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Working-Class Zeros: Episode #3 – John Patitucci IG Video, The Summer Festival Gig, iPads on Stage

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WORKING-CLASS ZEROS With Steve Rosati and Shawn Cav

In this episode we cover John Patitucci’s IG video about saying ‘no’ to the gig, the Summer Festival gig, and iPads on stage (sure it’s awesome but is it necessary?)

These stories from the front are with real-life, day-to-day musicians who deal with work life and gigging and how they make it work out. Each month, topics may include… the kind of gigs you get, the money, dealing with less-than-ideal rooms, as well as the gear you need to get the job done… and the list goes on from there.” – Steve the Bass Guy and Shawn Cav

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Interview With Bassist Curly Hendo

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Interview Wity Bassist Curly Hendo

Bassist Curly Hendo…

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, bassist Curly Hendo has been super busy. Starting with dance from a young age, Curly took up bass shortly after and has been going strong ever since. She has collaborated with numerous acts worldwide and is an in-demand session/touring bassist and musical director.

Join me as we learn about Curly’s musical journey, how she gets her sound, and her plans for a very bright future.

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This Week’s Top 10 Basses on Instagram

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TOP 10 Basses of the week

Check out our top 10 favorite basses on Instagram this week…

Click to follow Bass Musician on Instagram @bassmusicianmag

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New Album: Ben Mortiz, MORENO

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New Album: Ben Mortiz, MORENO

The Chilean bassist, producer and sociologist, Ben Mortiz, celebrates the launch of his latest studio work, “MORENO” an album that mixes jazz, soul, and funk following the characteristic Latin style of  Mortiz. The artist completely produced the album under the label “Fallen Lab Records” in the south of Chile.

“MORENO” brings deep and smooth sounds, expressing a sophisticated and elegant Latin vibe. You will find meditative harmonies and joyful melodic voices. The record’s core is the human vibration that Mortiz feels from the Latin American music. The Caribbean rhythms and strong Latin percussions are the musical glue in every song that emerges with the force of the electric bass.

“MORENO” creates a real connection between corporal reactions and mind sensations, always in reference to the originality of Mortiz to fuse modern and classic Latin sounds.

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New Gear: Phil Jones Bass X2C Dual Compressor/Effects Loop

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New Gear: Phil Jones Bass X2C Duel Compressor/Effects Loop

Step Into X2C With Phil Jones Bass Dual Compressor/Effects Loop…

Phil Jones Bass latest pedal innovation is the X2C Dual Compressor with Dual Effects Loop for performance and recording. The X2C incorporates advanced compressor circuit technology and provides comprehensive tone control with a dual crossover feature which divides the signal into frequency bands ranging from 100Hz to 500Hz, ensuring exceptional clarity and dynamics in tone refinement. 

With insert jacks on each band, the X2C unlocks limitless creativity, enabling players to use various FX pedals for custom tone sculpting. Additionally, it functions as an electronic crossover, ideal for driving high-performance, 2-way bass rigs.

PJB’s Dual-Band compression design is more flexible than standard single-band compressors and provides a more natural and transparent sound. It also provides greater control over shaping and managing dynamics where standard compressors affect the entire frequency spectrum of an audio signal.  

PJB’s dual compressor enables the player to shape specific frequency ranges of an audio signal which allows for compressing the low frequencies while preserving the high frequencies, or vice-versa. Treating the low-end with a dedicated band also allows for heavy compression without affecting the midrange frequencies, which carry the attack of the sound. 

Effects can be plugged into the insert jacks on the X2C and controlled separately. As an example, the lows can be adjusted separately for an overdrive pedal while the highs can be controlled for a chorus. 

Dividing the audio spectrum into fundamental frequencies and harmonics is also effective in the enrichment of slapping techniques. The low frequencies can be compressed without changing the dynamics of the “slap”. By controlling the low frequencies and focusing the attack on the slap the amplifier will sound louder while avoiding overloading of the amp or speakers. The low band can be compressed without the harmonics being affected. In addition, the send jacks can go to different amplifiers/speakers for a bi-amplification set up.

Compact and potent, the X2C embodies studio-grade excellence, setting a new standard for dynamic processing in an uncompromising, portable pedal. The street price is $359.99.

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