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Advice on how to slap.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mineral_Man, Oct 20, 2006.

  1. Mineral_Man


    Oct 20, 2006
    Hey guys.

    I am a new bassist...about 2 years, and I don't know how to slap. I was wondering if there are certain details I need to attend to to be able to slap my bass and get that right sound.
    I've tried and don't get a good sound. I don't knwo if its my gear....settings....strings....or just me.

    Any comments guy?
  2. What strings are you using? and like, what exactly do you hear? (when you slap do you hear a lound high-pitched pop or what?)
  3. Mineral_Man


    Oct 20, 2006
    DR 45-105 MED Hi beam
  4. it could be your eq settings, try turning down the mid-range, thats what I usually do.
  5. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    You can slap with any eq, if it sounds wrong, cutting your mids wont perform a miracle. Take a peek at the technique forum, tons of good help for people wanting to learn new techniques. Do a search for slap.
  6. shouldn't this be in techniques forum? anyway, there's no right or wrong way to slap... slapping is like making a burger, you can add your own style and variations. you usually slap with your thumb, which i hope you already know, and you can slap with your thumb vertical or horizontal. slapping with thumb vertically positioned is easier for beginners in my opinion, watch some red hot chili peppers music video and you'll see how flea does it.
  7. Mineral_Man


    Oct 20, 2006
    WOOPS....Technique forum! Thanks
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