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IAN STEPHENSON on Tapping: Lesson #9


LESSON POINTS:
Right hand Slides

Last lesson, one of the things we looked as was the Van Halen Summer Nights lick:

|-----------------|----------------------------------------------------|  
|-----------------|----------------------------------------------------|
|----------5-4-0--|-7-4-0--4-7-12-/14-\12--7---------------------------|
|-----------------|----------------------------------------------------|
                               T  s   s
We're going to start off this time by developing this idea of right hand slides. Start of with a simple one fret slide:
                                           bO
                                      -O-  ---  -O-

                                      ---  ---  ---

                                      ---  ---  ---  
                            __                        
                        |--/--\---------------------------------
                        |  \   | .             
|-12-/--13-\-12-----|   |---@--|--------------------------------
|-------------------|   |      / .         
|-------------------|   |-----/---------------------------------
|-------------------|   |    /      
  T                     |---/-----------------------------------
                        |                 
                        |---------------------------------------
Make sure that you can play this in time, at pretty much any tempo. If your no carefull this could turn into a sort of reflex action where you have little control over how long you spend on each note.

Now try sliding two frets:

                                            O
                                      -O-  ---  -O-

                                      ---  ---  ---

                                      ---  ---  ---  
                            __                        
                        |--/--\---------------------------------
                        |  \   | .             
|-12-/--14-\-12-----|   |---@--|--------------------------------
|-------------------|   |      / .         
|-------------------|   |-----/---------------------------------
|-------------------|   |    /      
  T                     |---/-----------------------------------
                        |                 
                        |---------------------------------------
The control becomes more important here, as you have to make sure that you go from the low note to the high note without overshooting, at the tempo YOU require, not the speed your fingers want to. Sometime you'll want the note between to be heard in passing, other times you want to move between the two notes as quickly as possible.

Finally try a minor third:

                                           -bO-
                                             
                                      -O-  ----  -O-

                                      ---  ----  ---

                                      ---  ----  ---  
                            __                        
                        |--/--\---------------------------------
                        |  \   | .             
|-12-/--15-\-12-----|   |---@--|--------------------------------
|-------------------|   |      / .         
|-------------------|   |-----/---------------------------------
|-------------------|   |    /      
  T                     |---/-----------------------------------
                        |                 
                        |---------------------------------------
Once you've got the up slides, try sliding DOWN these intervals:
|-13-\--12-/-13-----|   |-14-\--12-/-14-----|   |-15-\--12-/-15-----|   
|-------------------|   |-------------------|   |-------------------|   
|-------------------|   |-------------------|   |-------------------|   
|-------------------|   |-------------------|   |-------------------|   
Now lets put those slides into a musical context: This is the bass/rhythm part to Satriani's "Always with me, always with you".
|-------------------|------------------|------------------|---------------|
|o------13/14\13----|------13/14\13----|------11/13\11----|-----9/11\9---o|
|o---14----------14-|---14----------14-|---11----------11-|---9--------9-o|
|--7----------------|-7----------------|-0----------------|-2-------------|

                                                                
|----------------|------------------|-----------------|---------------||
|------9/11\9----|------11/13\11----|-------9/11\9----|-----8/11\8----||
|----9--------9--|---11----------11-|----9----------9-|---9--------9--||
|--4-------------|-0----------------|-2---------------|-2-------------||
In actuall performance, I probably would only slide the first two bars, and then use what we've called the right hand 9th position to play the rest. However the bigger intervals should make good practise :-).

So far I would guess that you've been using your middle (or index) finger to do most of the work, so go back, and work through the examples using each finger in turn.

We can now put these multi-digital skills into practise on the Stu Hamm riff from Flow My Tears (Free Radio Albermuth(?sp?)).

|--------11----------19-|\16-------------14------||
|o-----9----17----------|----14-------12--------o||
|o---7---------17/19----|-------15\14-----------o||
|--0--------------------|-------------------8-7--||
   p ^----^                                 ^-^
    left Hand                              Left

[transcription originally by George Dibos. I've adapted it for Non-Ex-Factor 
Basses - Kubicki Users can drop the piece 1 tone, to return it to the 
original key]
The open string is played as a pull of following the repeat - just slap it (gently!) with your thumb first time around.

I've marked the left hand parts, the rest is played by using three fingers of your right hand. Use your index finger for the A string, middle finger for the D string, and third finger for the G string. It's quite easy - just make sure you place all those slides cleanly, moving quickly (but NOT rushing) between the notes with no overshoot.

Keep practising...


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