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Offline CraigG

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« on: August 02, 2006, 03:08:11 PM »
Hope I'm not intruding.  Most of the discussion I have seen so far seems to be alluding to using a "stick".  However, I'm wondering about playing touch style on bass?   I've seen Victor Wooten do it and it's amazing.        Anyone here doing touch on bass?   What strings do you recommend?  Are there any teaching tools (DVD, VHS, etc.) that you would highly recommend?

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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2006, 07:53:56 AM »
I'm a big fan of Vic, his style is certainly present in the music i play. I watched this one DVD that was a Carter Beauford and Victor Wooten instructional video on how they make music, how they break it down. Well, there's a special feature on the DVD that you can watch. Its Victor Wooten doing a clinic on how he plays bass. In it you can learn how he slaps so fast, he also shows you how to tap. I'm a very visual learner. I can't tell you how many times i watched those clips, over and over again. I swear that one DVD enabled me to do things on bass i probably to this day still wouldn't have figured out how to do.

http://www.goallout.com/dvd/buy.cfm?SKU=073999203066%20%20%20&Title=Victor%20Wooten%20and%20Carter%20Beauford-MAKING%20MUSIC%20DVD%20(1999)

I believe this is the DVD. You should check it out. If anything, its a great DVD to work with.

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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2006, 06:34:46 PM »
Matt,

Thanks for the DVD recommendation.   I'll have to check it out.   How about some answers to my other questions regarding strings?   Did the DVD give any recommendations about brand, weight, core, etc.?  I use DR Red Devil 5 strings (medium).   They seem just a bit too heavy to do effective tapping.   Do you know, do lights work better?

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« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2006, 06:58:05 PM »
I like Wooten too, but he is the tip of the iceberg with regards to touch.  Slap is his forte, and there are guys out there that can IMO eat Wooten alive when it comes to touch on a regular bass(Roy Vogt, Oteil Burbridge, etc.)  This style is usally called tap. If you just want to tap a little on a regular bass, then any of these guys would be good to learn from.  Touch is often meant to refer to 8, 10, 12 and 14 string instruments, such as the ones made by Warr.  You mentioned learning visually, there are some videos over at the www.Warrguitars.com that might help.

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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2007, 10:26:54 PM »
Wooten = Bass God.

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« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2007, 05:36:35 PM »
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« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2007, 02:52:10 PM »
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« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2011, 11:50:11 AM »
Old topic so I hope I'm not disturbing graves here, but I do a bit of tapping (touch bass). Just bought Jean Baudin's "The Mechanics of Tapping" instructional ebook here: http://www.jeanbaudin.com/store.html

I'm halfway through it and I've learned how to have better hand technique and positioning, some good exercises, and it's helped me build my own tapping riffs to use in my music. Jean is most famous for the youtube video with the Super Mario theme played on a 12 string bass (tapped) but his solo work is my favorite. Incredible stuff, you should all check it out just for listening, even if you're not interested in tapping.
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