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Brian Bromberg slapping/popping technique

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by placedesjardins, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. placedesjardins


    May 7, 2012
    Uh, so there are some slapping/popping technique threads.
    If you have seen Brian slap with his thumb, it looks normal. But, when he does a pop , it looks like he's magically pulling up on the string to pop. His fingers remain completely open instead of hooked. I'm kind of mystified. :confused:
  2. Rev J

    Rev J

    Jun 14, 2012
    Berkeley, Ca.
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  4. sleeplessknight

    sleeplessknight Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2002
    So, I get what he's doing with his right hand - he's never popping with his index finger because he's using it as an 'axis' to rotate his thumb and middle finger around. What *I* can't figure out is what in the world he's doing with his left hand IN CONCERT with his right hand in order to get all those notes in there so effortlessly :)
  5. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    The secret is he uses his middle finger. Flea uses his middle to pop too, I'm a huge advocate of it. Index slapping never felt right after months of using it, as soon as I switched to middle, I felt "ahhhhh".
  6. placedesjardins


    May 7, 2012
    Hmm, so the last digit of his middle finger is hooked.
  7. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2003
    Newport News, VA via NYC
    Kohlman Bassworks
    He's also an ex drummer so it figures into his technique as well. He does quite a lot of 'hammer ons' with his left hand. As mentioned above, he pulls off with his middle finger. By the way, I love when he bends notes! Funky!

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