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Choppy transitions

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by rufus347, Dec 9, 2013.

  1. rufus347


    Dec 9, 2013
    Any ideas on how to smooth out my slap bass playing. Its sounds really choppy when I transition from the melodic to the percussive spots in the groove and vice versa.
  2. mastodon88


    May 28, 2012
    Sacramento CA
    Are you saying your different slap transitions are choppy or your transition from finger style to slap sounds choppy?
  3. rufus347


    Dec 9, 2013
    Sorry, muted percusive notes to regular slap and pop notes. Cant seem to merge them into one smoth bassline.
  4. smeet

    smeet Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    Woodland Hills, CA
    I'm not sure what you mean by choppy or what the two styles (muted/regular) are, but my general advice is: SLOW DOWN! If you can't do it smoothly, you are trying too much too soon too fast.

    Figure out what all the motions you need to do are. First, play it completely out of time. Get each motion perfect, even if it takes you several seconds to get your hand position correct from one note to the next. When you have that working smoothly and with no tension, start to play in time, but very slowly, maybe half the actual tempo.

    To get things even smoother, I like to play things with different rhythms. Swing the 8ths or 16ths (first one long, second one short). Then, reverse the swing (first one short, second one long). Once you can do both of those smoothly, them playing the line in straight time should suddenly feel easy and smooth.
  5. rufus347


    Dec 9, 2013
    Thanks helped alot, found that slap bass is a whole new animal but im hooked