Tapping For Bass Guitar Lesson Part 1 (Van Halen/Billy Sheehan style Linear Tapping)

Tapping For Bass Guitar Lesson Part 1 (Van Halen/Billy Sheehan style Linear Tapping)

2017-11-01T15:32:46+00:00October 31st, 2014|Categories: Bass Tapping|13 Comments

This is the first lesson in a short 3 part series dedicated to Tapping for Bass Guitar.The series is broken into three parts of linear tapping, piano style tapping and contrapuntal style.

This lesson deals with tapping in the stereotypical Eddie Van Halen or Billy sheehan style. I work through the basics of the technique starting with hammerons and pulloffs and then move onto hammering with the picking hand.

The exercises work through basic triad arpeggios then move onto runs up and down a scale and finally the trill tapping Billy Sheehan uses in the song “Addicted To That Rush” (Mr Big).

Remember to LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW, SHARE THE POST (just click on your preferred social platform below) and then …

Sign Up To Talkingbass For FREE!

Join over 40,000 members and R.A.I.S.E your Bass Game Today!

FREE Ebook Downloads, Practice Tracks, Drum Tracks and MUCH MORE!

Join Now!!


  1. v November 1, 2014 at 10:22 am - Reply

    Awsome! left me speechless. can’t waint for next one 10/5 stars .D well explained and demonstrated.

  2. Baz November 1, 2014 at 10:47 am - Reply

    Hi Mark,
    Thank you for an excellent lesson and your tips that really make a difference. I am new to the bass and find your videos and material excellent and easy to follow.

  3. kay November 1, 2014 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    hi mark tanks for your lessons,have been enjoying your video,but am trying to access your books of scales,but to avail.

  4. qbczoq November 4, 2014 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Hi Mark!
    Thanx for that. First and only well explained tapping lesson I have found.

  5. Juan Carlos November 7, 2014 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    I have been playing for years and never tryed Tapping.
    I bought one book that I never could understand or practice.

    But now with this lesson you put me in a new direction and I can start to experiment from the beginig with tapping.
    Looks easy and with clear basic explanations like that I feel that I can star to walk.

    Thanks a lot Mark I love your way of teaching !

  6. Geno Harris November 12, 2014 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    Great lesson on Tapping I will have to watch this lesson a bunch of times to get it down…never had to tap…but I like the technique..you are absolutely on point about practicing this stuff slowly…very slowly lol…Thanks Mark..

  7. Mark Barletta February 11, 2015 at 2:32 am - Reply

    This was very informative and I enjoyed it tremendously Mark , Thank You a million times over.
    Its literally worth to me more than you can ever imagine and apparently others here.
    Must know tapping lessons,

    Thank you very ,very, much.

  8. Rains Sun July 4, 2015 at 1:19 am - Reply

    I just love that bit when you’re trilling and talking at the same time as if to say “see? there’s nothing to it.”

  9. KOSTANTINOS MARKOPOULOS January 6, 2016 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    Awsome….mark you are the best teacher i ever had…you put things in my head with the right way..thank..x

  10. John Follis March 20, 2016 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    Talking about some shredding right there. Just put some distortion on, find a guitar player and you can both go to town.

  11. asraful May 17, 2016 at 11:17 am - Reply


  12. Matthew Foss July 2, 2016 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    you sir have fingers of steel

  13. Anthony Nwaka October 18, 2018 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    Awesome! I appreciate your effort sir.

Leave A Comment