Can women slap?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Matt Till, Jul 16, 2003.

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  1. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    OK, this sounds sexist, but I would like to hear some women who slap to prove to me that they can. Not only to me...

    Alright, let me start at the beginning. Everyone around here is like "Matt is so good at slapping... blah blah" and some people want me to teach them to slap because it's so cool. I'm not the greatest teacher, but I've taught a couple of guys how to do it very easily. But I've tried to teach 2 or 3 girls how to slap and they just can't do it. It doesn't get the percussive sound of slap. I don't know how to explain it, it just isn't right. I mean, I know that the bass doesn't say, "You're female?! Oh sorry, slap isn't going to work for you." I'd just like some examples.

    So are there any examples of female slappers you can think of.

    P.S. Ladies of Talkbass, post an MP3 if you want. I more want to play something for one of these girls who is frustrated about her inability to slap. I am too. :meh:
  2. MC Divinity. she tours with vic wooten, and she can kick out the jams.
    she's on the live in america CD.
  3. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    The bassist from Rockbitch used to slap on a fretless Steinberger.

    Me'shell N'degeOcello slaps, she also once did a cool slap solo for the into to Ellen (the tv show).

    Rhonda Smith (Prince) slaps.

    There a tons of great female bassists who have all the technical abilities that are top of the game.
  4. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    How could I forget Kim, she kicks serious booty.
  5. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    NYC bassist Tracy Wormworth has played with Sting, The B-52's and on the Rosie O'Donnell house band and may others. She's just as good as all the fellas with all syles of playing.

    You may see few female slappers because they could be smarter than us:)
  6. redneck2wild


    Nov 27, 2002
    Memphis, TN
    I've been slapped by a woman before (actually more than once), so I would say that women can certainly slap.

    But all joking aside, the women that you might be trying to teach may need a different approach to slapping. There are many styles out there. Some focus more on precision while others focus more on raw power. Some people deal better than precise strikes while others like to beat the he!! out of strings.
    It also may be the hand size. Several years ago I was trying to teach someone who had very small hands how to play bass (he was around 5'2"). The way he needed to finger passages on a normal scale bass sometimes was different than how I would. He ended up getting a short scale bass eventually - which was easier for him to deal with.
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