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fretless slapping technique

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by junglebike, Apr 1, 2003.

  1. junglebike


    Feb 14, 2003
    San Diego, CA
    Starting to learn how to slap, and I find it's much harder on a fretless. That's my main instrument, tho, and I'm planning on moving to it exclusively if I can figure out a way to get a good slap tone -- I hardly use slap anyway, I just need something passable.

    So far I've found that fretless is *extremely* sensitive to the amount of force used on the slap -- too little and it's a thud; too much and it's just mud. I have, on occassion, experienced a very nice tone but it's hard to replicate consistently.

    Anyone been through this before?
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  3. junglebike


    Feb 14, 2003
    San Diego, CA
    I'll give that a shot...

    Particularly because a couple of days of serious slapping are beginning to wear on the heel of my rosewood board! That's no good...

    I need a graphite neck :)