Broken Chords, Double Stops and Tapping Lines

One of the most useful types of Tapping licks that you can add to a Bassline is the Double-stop.

A Double-stop is two notes played at the same time. Usually, these are two notes that either outline part of a chord or that create tension within the context of a chord.

In order to play a Double-stop, you simply use two of your fingers and tap the notes out.


Broken chords are when you play a chord in multiple parts.

An Arpeggios is actually this sort of Chord. When someone talks about these as they pertain to Tapping or Chordal Playing, they usually mean playing a few notes that outline part of the chord.

For Broken Chords, you have to already know a chord shape in order to play it, so this ties into the subject of Chords as much as it does Tapping.

In order to get the most out of Multi-note tapping, it pays to know your chords. Take a look at the Chords section of my site to learn how to play all sorts of Chords quickly and easily.

In order to practice these, try playing them close to the root in one octave and then move them up to the next octave. Playing them up an octave only after you've learned them as a chord will allow you to recall them quicker and more accurately as a single shape rather than a mix of random parts.

These are best used as the main type of accompaniment for chordal style Tapping Figures. Full chords can sometimes be a bit much, but small, segmented Chordal-style figures generally have enough punch to get the job done and provide a bit of harmonic drive.

This is just one way of playing chordal style tapping figures. There are a lot more options available to you than I've mentioned here. By experimenting with different ideas as you come up with them, you can discover all sorts of new ways to look at these.

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