Stu Hamm's Tap Bass

Tap bass is a relatively new technique favored by many of the world's top contemporary bass players. Tapping is a very expressive tool, which will significantly expand the colors, textures and sonic qualities you'll have at your disposal for any melodic application. Stu covers right-hand, left-hand and best of all -- simultaneous two-hand tapping.

Video Introduction

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About the Guitar Lesson Plan

Interactive Video Bass Guitar Instruction

"Here at last is my entire curriculum for learning how to "tap" on the electric bass guitar! We'll start at the very beginning with some basic exercises to get your fingers trained and strengthened up. Once you have a basic understanding of the concepts and become familiar with the essential tapping techniques, we'll put it all to work and start making music! Take your time with this module -- it will pay off big time for you!"

Table of Contents

  • Stretching Techniques
  • Getting and Staying Limber
  • Left Hand Basics
  • Exercises for the Left Hand
  • Right Hand Basics
  • Exercises for the Right Hand
  • Left Hand: Fifths
  • Practice Fifths on the Left
  • Right Hand: Fifths
  • Practice Fifths on the Right
  • Play-along #1
  • Play-along #2
  • Left Hand: Arpeggios
  • Right Hand: Arpeggios
  • Left Hand: Major Scale
  • Right Hand: Major Scale
  • Major Scales on the Right
  • Left Hand: Minor Scales
  • Harmonic Minor Scale
  • Major Scales on the Right
  • Play-along #3
  • Scales and Arpeggios
  • Unison and Alternate Hands
  • Left and Right Hand Tapping
  • Both Hands: Fifths
  • Both Hands: Arpeggios
  • Both Hands: Major Scales
  • Play-along #4
  • Play-along #5
  • The Right Hand: Contrapuntal Tapping
  • The Left Hand: Contrapuntal Tapping
  • Double Stops: Contrapuntal Tapping
  • Walking Left Hand
  • Double Stop 4ths and 3rds
  • Play-along #6
  • Musical Styles: Latin
  • Play-along #7
  • Musical Styles: Country
  • Play-along #8
  • Musical Styles: Blues
  • Play-along #9
  • Rhythmic Doubling
  • The Basics: Using Triplets
  • Rhythmic Doubling: Using Sixteenth Notes
  • Rhythmic Doubling: Using Quintuplets
  • Rhythmic Doubling: Sexually Active Riff
  • Rhythmic Doubling: Play-along #10
  • Rhythmic Doubling: Play-along #11
  • Rhythmic Doubling: Using Hammer-ons
  • The E-Minor Scale
  • Using Hammer-ons: Open Strings: G and D
  • Using Hammer-ons: C and G Major and Minor
  • Using Hammer-ons
  • Diminished Chords
  • Using Hammer-ons: Play-along #12
  • Outlining Chords
  • Introduction to Major Chords
  • Major Chords Alt. Fingering
  • Outlining Chords: Minor Chords
  • The I-VI-IV-V Progression
  • Outlining Chords: Bach's "Prelude in C"
  • Outlining Chords: "Prelude in C"
  • Outlining Chords: Moonlight Sonata
  • Stu's Song "Flow My Tears"
  • Stu's Song "Terminal Beach"
  • Stu's Song "Outbound"

About Your Instructor

Stu Hamm

This musician is none other than Stu Hamm, bass player extraordinaire who first came to prominence after playing on Steve Vai's Flex-Able disc. Going on to become the bassist of choice to lay down the low-end for virtuoso guitarists like Frank Gambale and Joe Satriani, Stu has continued to hone his already considerable chops, both on stage and in the studio. Fortunately, Stu's teaching skills match his musicianship, giving you a rare opportunity to learn from one of the very best bassists on the planet.

About the Series

Stu Hamm U

Stu Hamm U is a complete course of study for ALL students of modern electric bass. Never before has a bassist of this caliber shared such vast knowledge, in such a comprehensible and accessible way. Whether you're just starting out or already a working pro, there enough solid material and insight across these four volumes to take your playing wherever you want it to go.

Stu covers it all; rhythm patterns, theory, fretboard navigation, right and left hand agility, harmony, modes, chords, chromatics, arpeggios, stretching exercises, tone, stylistic approaches, muting, hammer-ons, ghost notes, slapping, tapping, improvisation and soloing. Best of all, no tedious theory or boring exercise to struggle through - you will play your way through the entire course working with Stu's engaging, interactive video lessons and play-along workouts.

Dig in at the beginning and work your way through the entire Stu Hamm U method or just cherry-something new and cool to bring to the gig tonight - it's all there!

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  • - 205 Minutes of Video
  • - Text Commentary
  • - Tab
  • - Notation
  • - Power Tab



Stu Hamm U Courses

Choose a course below for full descriptions and video introductions.

Bass Basics
Bass Basics


Fretboard Fitness
Fretboard Fitness


Slap Bass
Slap Bass


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