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Slap technique, strings & sore thumbs?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by lovethegrowl, Dec 23, 2013.


  1. lovethegrowl

    lovethegrowl

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    Haven't learned slap technique yet. I will be taking lessons for that soon. For preliminary studies I am using my thumb doing up & down strokes trying to match the timbre of both up and down. Not easy.

    Lately I've been playing with GHS brights, they are versatile, combining the wallop of a hex core, & growl of a round core DR. Jesus, after 12 minutes or so my thumb hurts. Looks like I will go back to DRs, just to take some stress off the thumb. How do others do it?
     
  2. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    Ghs Brite flats? You will want to use a standard round wound string for learning slap you will be happier. 40-100 or 40-95 set will do you well.
     
  3. Jensby design

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  4. stingraysvt

    stingraysvt

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    That feeling goes away with time and practice. Technique might have some to do with it as well, don't try too hard, and never quit!
     
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  6. lovethegrowl

    lovethegrowl

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    GHS bright rounds. I am putting my Fat beams back on, even though they aren't as versatile.
     
  7. lovethegrowl

    lovethegrowl

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    You can't get a slap growl w/flats.
     
  8. lovethegrowl

    lovethegrowl

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    P. S. I take it your name alludes to the SVT amp. In HS I had a 1974 SVT. You can have the 8×10 cab, I'll take my Goliath any day. But the '74 head? I would KILL to get it back. Though my LH-500 does the job.
     
  9. HuntYouDown

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    Rounds for slap, any decent brand. Flats are no good for slap, no matter what kind of bass you got.
     
  10. Freestyler

    Freestyler

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    Sorry guys, but some flats are just as good as some rounds for slapping.
    TI Jazz Flat on my Squier Jazz Deluxe V and I'm in slap heaven.

    But I agree that there is a big difference between round and flat.
     
  11. 4-string

    4-string Supporting Member

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    Some light(ish) rounds will be a good place to start, as others have stated. No problem slapping flats, they sound great but entirely different.

    Just remember that it is slap bass, not assault bass. A light touch is what you want, it is important that you after a while can switch between slap and finger style without crazy volume spikes. Then you won't need a different EQ/pre setting for slap either...;)
     
  12. enricogaletta

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