B-E-A-D slappin' question.

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Derek_L, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. Derek_L

    Derek_L Guest

    Since I'm tuned B-E-A-D should I still be slapping the A? Or should I always pop the bottom two strings?

    Wasn't quite sure really, I feel more comfortable with poping the A but I can still slap it.
  2. Dogbertday

    Dogbertday Commercial User

    Jul 10, 2007
    SE Wisconsin
    Blaine Music LLC
    well you should be able to do either to any string actually...

    but yes as a general rule, the A becomes one of the "pop" strings
  3. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Yeah, pop away, its fine, but the odd slap if you want to is fine too.

    I do both to it, depending on the situation.
  4. mothmonsterman

    mothmonsterman Guest

    Feb 8, 2006
    wait there are rules to what strings you can pop?
    Do which ever sounds appropriate for the situation at hand.
  5. mwiles30


    Dec 31, 2008
    Cincinnati, OH
    Yeah man, don't ask other people which strings to pop or slap. You're the one who's playing the bass, right?
  6. BritFunk


    Jan 8, 2009
    My Dear Friends,

    No rules. I slap and pop the high "G" on my bass - it's quite possible and works well, though you might have to adjust your technique a bit to make it sound as solid as the lower strings. I tend not to pop the low strings as I personally don't care for the sound, but to each his/her own.

    Trust your ears. :bassist:

    Warmest regards,

  7. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings

    I will pluck the A string from time to time, but all depends on the bass line.
    Also, I pluck it if I'm doing a fast triple (Down thumb, up thumb, pluck) and something even through my middle finger in for a 4th, 16th note pluck.
  8. iplaybassguitar

    iplaybassguitar Guest

    Jun 22, 2006
    Rochester NY
    do whatever the hell you want