String Skipping Arpeggios
Hello everyone. Bassist Kyle Honea here with another column. These days I have many ideas for the bass. Here I include 2, two handed tapping ideas. In the past few months I have also come up with several new picking exercises for bass that I will discuss in the future.
Here I use two handed tapping to conquer these 7th arpeggios, employing a string skipping pattern that gives the arpeggios a “bouncing” feel. I move these arpeggios up and down chromatically. B-C-C#-C-B-C-C#-C. For right handed players, tap the top notes on the G string with your 3rd finger on your right hand (next to little finger), and tap the notes on the A string as you bounce back and forth with your 2nd finger on your right hand. Both hands are at work here. Remember, all tapping, all legato here.
I started playing bass when I was 17, influenced heavily by Billy Sheehan, Geddy Lee (and the inspirational lyrics of Neil Peart). I became motivated to practice for hours on end, always trying to better my fingers. By the time I was 19, I had landed a "spotlight column" feature in the May '92 issue of Guitar Player magazine.
Ominous Guitarists From The Unknown - "Mercury Bath" ('91)
Derek Taylor's Dystrophy - "Ain't Got No Use For It" ('94)
Scot Stine's Broke - " Hey Lejato" ('94)
A couple of tracks on Guitars On The Edge CDs - ('91-'93)
I must also mention that Carvin was kind enough to endorse me for a couple of years ('92-'94). So where have I been since '94? I returned to being a musician a year and a half ago. My bass slept for 5 and a half years! Laughed at by time, tricked by circumstances. So now I'm back and I hope you'll enjoy some of my playing.
For my current instrumental project, I am attempting to enlist virtuoso drummer Robin Qubty. My new musical project is in full-swing, however, I am constantly writing and introducing new ideas into my compositions. Maintaining my technique takes a lot of time also. Keeping the moving parts, moving! I currently play a 4 string custom bass, and I love GHS medium gauge strings. My amplification remains Peavey. I have no official endorsements. My string gauge is:
G - .050
D - .070
A - .85
E - .105