How do i learn to start to slap?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by FleaisGod, Jul 30, 2001.

  1. FleaisGod

    FleaisGod Guest

    Jun 18, 2000
    Atlanta, GA

    Ive been playing bass for about a year and a half now, and consider myslef a decent fingerstyle player. But i want to throw in some slap everyonce in a while. The problem is, i have no idea how to slap, or maybe its just my bass, slapping sounds like complete crap on it. It's an ibanez ergodyne btw. Anyone knoe of any slap teaching sites or videos or anything?

    thanks in advance!

    p.s. - the solo in 311's feels so good made me want to learn how to slap, and Aeroplane.
  2. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    the most important part on learning slap is: knowing not to use slap (usually most of the time.)
    One of my pet peeves is bass players slapping way to much.
  3. If you do a search within these forums, you will find that this has been covered extensively. Good luck!
  4. purple_haze


    Jun 29, 2001
    London Town
    a) Do a search

    b) Buy "The Slap Bass Program" Video by Alexis Sklarevski. (Don't hold me to that spelling)

    c) Read PortraitofTracy's post until you've commited it to memory.
  5. Mike


    Sep 7, 2000
    Place your thumb in an upright position, or what ever is most comfortable for you, and give your E string a gentle whack in a downward motion. There... you've now slapped. :)

    Continue to do so at will...