does billy sheehan slap?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by anonymous278347457, Jun 18, 2005.

  1. anonymous278347457

    anonymous278347457 Guest

    Feb 12, 2005
    i saw some videos on of billy sheehan and he plays some stuff that sounds slappy. is he actually slapping or is it just his amazingly cool bass?
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    He does some slapping nowadays.
  3. invisiman


    Feb 22, 2004
    He slaps in "The Crying Machine" for sure.
  4. ladros2


    Jun 2, 2005
    he doesn't like it much, if you look at his bass you'll see a large square pickup which blocks attempts at popping strings because of the nrrow space between it and the pickup, if he cared, he'd have it changed. he does it on the dvd of vai's live at the astoria in london, but it's for songs that were originally recorded with stu hamm.
  5. Fred312b

    Fred312b What if I want to play jazz precisely? Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2002
    Chicago, IL
    he also does some slapping of his fingers on the fretboard, which gets some cool sounds and brings out harmonics. i remember seeing his instructional video back in the day and i was amazed... :bassist:
  6. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    But he also did it earlier on some Niacin stuff.