Well the time is here, Josh Cohen’s Tapping Grooves Vol.1 book is in my possession!
I am always excited to receive and invest in new music resources!
At this point I am just leaving some of my first impressions of what I’ve played and read through.
I am of course biased and have my own opinion, I hope regardless of my words here that if tapping bass is something you are interested in learning, then consider buying and reading and learning from this book and forming your own opinions.
Alright, let’s get in to it!
So after having worked through and having read and played the 19 pieces of music in the Two Handed Tapping book by Charles Berthoud and Jim Stinett,
I am finding two off the bat things that bug me a little teensy bit.
The first thing is the stacked layout of music notation and tablature laid out measure by measure. I would prefer the tablature version was separate from the notation as having the two layered together is bulky and distracting. I can read either tab or music notes much faster if they are laid out in a neat and efficient way, such as in a well notated piece of music. Personally I find a lot of guitar and bass instruction that is fret and tab oriented and they layer the tab and the notation in a way that it just not pleasing to the eye.
The second thing I am finding is that these grooves are very simple for where I am at. I don’t personally consider myself a master of tapping but these were quick and easy to play after reading through them. But I can see the counter side to that is that they are easy to keep running as the potential accompaniment to a more complex solo.
One thing I really do like are the ideas for practice that Josh lays out in the early parts of the book and the suggested exercises there.
Practicing contrary motion scale and arpeggios is pretty cool and feels novel to my practice routine. I also enjoy the polyrhythmic instruction, where using our choices of polyrhythm or ratio, we can practice some quite musical but difficult two handed rhythms. This type of practice really contributes to your finger independence and freedom playing.
This is just my first impressions and I will continue to work in this excting bass tapping book.
I will say the book does a good job of laying out the material in a way that displays options for basses with 4, 5 and 6 strings. Many of the pieces are laid out separately on the page with options for each number of bass strings.
So I would say this seems great for people who like to read tablature and maybe don’t yet read music notation. It is also great for people looking for good practice possibilities
and for folks who prefer to start with something a little more steady and phrase/riff oriented