Incorrect Slap Technique?
So, from what I gather, the "proper" technique to slap the bass is to have your thumb angled slightly upwards, with your wrist almost in line with the strings.
I play differently. I play with the thumb angled slightly downwards, at about a 55 degree angle, but nowhere near as downward as Flea does it. (Just so you know I don't do it that way.) Anyone else play like this? I've noticed Les Claypool plays like this occasionally, and extremely fast.
I can slap fast, and accurately, with good rhythm. Now, on to my problem: I think my "popping" technique is off. With the way I do it, I thrust my index, and occasionally my middle finger all the way underneath the string at an almost perpendicular angle to the bass body, and pull upwards. Compared to what I usually see and hear, my pops are very loud and forceful compared to the normal method. While this is good and all, I notice that my recovery time after the pop and right before the pop is lacking a bit. Am I doing it wrong? (Still no broken strings yet, suprisingly!)