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2 Left hand questions (I don't play a left handed bass)...

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Obsolex, Mar 19, 2003.


  1. Obsolex

    Obsolex Guest

    Nov 17, 2002
    I just wanted to know if any of you could tell me what a Left hand Mute and Left hand Slap is, and possibly how to do it... thanks, _-soto-_
     
  2. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    Left Hand SLAP-

    http://archive.bassplayer.com

    Click on "Woodshed"
    Scroll down to Dave Larue's lessons...one is called "Left Hand Slap"
    His other lessons there are also very helpful("Slapping In Groups of 5"; "Slapping Across The Bar Line").
     
  3. Obsolex

    Obsolex Guest

    Nov 17, 2002
    that didnt work bro, _-soto-_
     
  4. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Left-hand mute:

    Put two or more left-hand fingers lighly (no pressing down) on the strings in order to mute strings or play dead notes.
    Two or more fingers because that avoids unwanted harmonics.

    Left-hand slap:

    Hit the strings with loose-curved (neck radius) fingers, it gives a "thud".
    Use several or all fingers to avoid harmonics and to get it louder, curving your fingers lets you hit all strings simultaneously, which also makes it louder.
     
  5. Obsolex

    Obsolex Guest

    Nov 17, 2002
    thanks man your the $|-| | t, _-soto-_
     
  6. antifrat

    antifrat Guest

    Jun 27, 2002
    abducted by lemmings
    i was wondering, with left hand slapping, do you use all your fingers?

    i read somewhere else to lightly mute the strings with your index finger and slap with the other three?

    thanks