The Application of Tapping Techniques in Compositions for the Solo Electric Bass
Cohen, Joshua Dov
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This thesis is an investigation into the application of tapping techniques in compositions for the solo electric bass. Through the detailed analysis of seven compositions, an understanding of the technical merit of tapping, when applied to solo electric bass composition, will come to light. The compositions contain multiple examples that show how tapping provides unique solutions to the execution of particular musical material, including; contrapuntal forms, large range discrepancies, high velocity monophonic lines, and many others. The intent of this paper is to provide a resource in which knowledge regarding the limitations and possibilities of the technique can be obtained and empower composers in applying them to their own compositions.