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For slap, how do you fret a root-octave?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by rabid_granny, Feb 21, 2003.

  1. Just wondering how y'all slappers fret a simple root-octave combination? I've been practicing by fretting the root with the index finger and the octave with the pinky finger but my pinky finger gets tired really quick. Should I be fretting the octave with the ring finger?
  2. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Do whatcha wanna, but know this-
    The RING finger is the weakest finger.

  3. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    It doesn't really matter whether you're slapping or not, if you're talking about your fretting hand?

    I use index & pinky generally for octaves.
  4. Lovebown


    Jan 6, 2001
    I'd use Index-Pinky for root-octave up until the 9th fret or so, and then use Index-ring.

    It's basically how i stop on bass fiddle too...

  5. Mandobass


    Nov 12, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    i alternate between using my index/pinky and my middle finger/pinky. i especially use middle/pinky when playing higher on the neck.
  6. same here. but sometimes i'll do middle/pinky if i'm playing the fret below the root with my index first. or somethin.
  7. Ryan K

    Ryan K

    Dec 11, 2002
    New Jersey
    I use either my index/ring or middle/pinky. Seems im the only one...
  8. secretdonkey


    Oct 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Same here (slap and fingerstyle)

    I find myself doing a lot of root-fifth-octave stuff, and it's index-ring all the way there... that's fingerstyle, though, and I guess the question is about slap... oops, my bad :( [2nd edit: Heck, I just caught myself doing this but using the ring for the fifth and the pinky for the octave so - WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T LISTEN TO ME!]

  9. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    It depends on what type of line i'm playing. But i use index-ring, middle-pinky, index pinky, and pinky-index (i.e. going from A on the E string to an A on the G string)
  10. No_Fingures


    Jun 17, 2002
    Boston Ma
    I always use index and ring. was starting to use pinky but used 3rd for so long it just felt wierd
  11. Thanks for responses. I was just wondering. After watching Flea demonstrate how to slap bass, I have decided to resume my search for "bass guitar" teacher. Someone who can answer questions such as this...eventually, I will be able to slap!

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