Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by RussBass, Nov 28, 2005.

  1. RussBass


    Nov 28, 2005
    Greetings, My name is Russell and I started about 2 months ago on bass. Im fifteen, and I would like to ask for some beggining techniques. I have been taking lessons from, but I would like to go farther. Currently I am trying to learn how to Thumb Slap, but I am not sure if I am doing it properly. So like I said before, I would like some begginner techniques.

    Help will be very much appreciated.

  2. Tell us how you're slapping now, and we'll be able to offer more focused advice. :cool:
  3. RussBass


    Nov 28, 2005
    Well, i have been playing bass for about two months, and I just recently got into slapping- so Im guessing about a week and a half i have been slapping.
  4. What I mean is: what kind of technique are you using?
  5. Rofl~

    Sorry I had to ask something when I saw this. You aren't Randy's Bro are you?

    And yes more so towards advice, how are you slapping currently?
  6. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Slapping...there are two great is the book/CD combo "Slap It by Tony Oppenheim, the other is the Larry Graham slapping video. There are other guys who do it "better" than Larry Graham, but nobody sounds as good. None of that triplet-double thumbing stuff for him. Just brute force ;)
  7. RussBass


    Nov 28, 2005
    Sorry Verbrannter, but im not his brother...and for my technique I use three finger plucking, but I used to pick. Also I would like to let you know that I am into more of the metal scene, but I always take the time to listen to jazz as long as it has a bass in it.
  8. I have to give you credit for attempting slap after such a short time playing. It took me over a year to start as I initially found slap intimidating. Guess it looked harder than it actually is. I don't use it much now but all the best of luck my friend.

    I have a friend who just start slapping and he is using a book called Bass Guitar for Dummies. It comes with a CD and he seems to be getting some very good results with it.
  9. RussBass


    Nov 28, 2005
    Thank you guys for your support, and ill take a look at that book, and the reason i want to learn slap already is because even though im into alot of metal, i want to incorporate jazz techniques into my metal riffs.
  10. ireidt


    Mar 6, 2005
    I would reccomend getting a good bass teacher.

    Other than that, I dunno, maybe get a few good bass books. might be able to help ya out.
  11. as it may seem great to play 3 finger plucking. i think you are trying to eat the wjole whale before taking a bite. start with one then go to 2 and then three. its easier in the sense that you wont get as fustrated trying to work everything with those 3 fingers. i know your only 15 but let me ask you this when you say work out, do you try to max out or work your way up. dont hurt yourself. plus it might limit you in the future.