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ARGH! Slapping Part 2

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Sascrotch, Apr 22, 2001.


  1. Sascrotch

    Sascrotch

    Feb 18, 2001
    Costa Mesa, CA
    I still can't slap, i don't know where you hit the string, where your thumb hits, etc. Any diagrams or a detailed explanation would help alot.
     
  2. Well, if you know HOW to do it, then all it takes is practice to implement what you know. Keep at it bucko!
     
  3. dytakeda

    dytakeda

    Jul 18, 2000
    When you slap, you're bouncing the strings off the frets (unless it's fretless, in which case the strings bounce off the wood). This being said, the best place to slap the string is at the end of the fretboard (where the neck meets the body) - either over the last couple of frets or right where the neck drops off.

    Use the side of your thumb. Typically, the tip should be pointed towards the headstock, but it's not exactly parallell to the strings. Don't land it squarely on top of the string, remember you want to bounce that string so it has to have room to rebound. When you slap the E string, the thumb should end up between the E and A strings.

    Your hand should rotate at the forearm. So the striking isn't an up - down motion, the arm stays relatively still and the thumb's movement is an arc.

    Start slow, use quarter notes and go for the big ringy sound. It's going to sound loud and obnoxious. You'll learn to control them later by using left hand technique (muting, note duration and hammer-ons).

    If you wear your bass too low, it makes all of this too difficult. Flea is like the big exception to all of the above.

    Hope this helps.