Abe Laboriel Slapping technique

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Rafterman, Nov 19, 2001.

  1. i was just fiddling around with double stops and classical finger plucking on my bass during practice at church and found a technique that I just got into fairly quickly and easily.

    The first time I saw Abe Laboriel play, was at the Baked Potato (some of you guys may have the Live @ the Baked Potato: The Dyno Four).
    I really thought that his slapping technique was really weird and I told myself that I would not like to adopt that technique.

    and now I have adopted his technique.
    I find it easier to control because it is all in the thumb, index, and middle finger.

    the "regular slap technique" has you worrying about the wrist, thumb, index, and middle fingers.

    I've tried the regular slap technique and I found it harder to groove.

    but there are some things that this technique cannot cover...the double thumb technique that I think Victor Wooten uses. But I see that as the same limitation a drummer has when he uses match grip as opposed to traditional technique.

    I know I may be rambling, but if a musician has found a way in which he can get around things, and can still do things that another musician can do then that is perfectly fine.

    all in all Abe is one of my favorite bass players and I have adopted his technique...WHEWWW!!!

    :D :cool:
  2. Good for you, Abes technique all ways blows me away. The guy is just incredible.
    And yet fairly unknown.
  3. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    It would help if you could describe the actual technique to us who don't have a clue on what you're talking about! ;)
  4. instead of using a wrist snap, he pops the strings with his thumb and middle fingers instead of slapping the strings with his thumb and popping the strings with his index.
  5. LWatford


    Jul 28, 2001
    Helena, AL
    Does his video show it?

  6. Yes it does.
  7. Freakapotamus9


    Jun 20, 2001
    well ill be .... :D :rolleyes:
  8. Yes, you will be...:D :p
  9. Ozz

    Ozz Guest

    Nov 2, 2001
    suburb of dallas, tx
    About Abe and double thumping: I believe Abe, in addition to his plucking technique, also uses thumping and double thumping when it suites him.

    I have this old video that, unfortunatley, I don't remember the name that has Abe, Nathan East, Larry Graham, all sorts of people not to mention an interviewer with really funky hair. On the video Abe plays a really cool song and when he starts to really get into it he starts to use a more normal 'thumping' technique and also double thumps.

    Abe is the man!