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How fast are you

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Vorago, Jul 21, 2003.


  1. 1/16th@50bpm or less...

    2 vote(s)
    1.7%
  2. 1/16th@60bpm

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. 1/16th@70bpm

    1 vote(s)
    0.9%
  4. 1/16th@80bpm

    1 vote(s)
    0.9%
  5. 1/16th@90bpm

    1 vote(s)
    0.9%
  6. 1/16th@100bpm

    6 vote(s)
    5.2%
  7. 1/16th@110bpm

    2 vote(s)
    1.7%
  8. 1/16th@120bpm

    1 vote(s)
    0.9%
  9. 1/16th@130bpm

    8 vote(s)
    7.0%
  10. 1/16th@140bpm

    7 vote(s)
    6.1%
  11. 1/16th@150bpm

    5 vote(s)
    4.3%
  12. 1/16th@160bpm

    5 vote(s)
    4.3%
  13. 1/16th@170bpm

    5 vote(s)
    4.3%
  14. 1/16th@180bpm

    4 vote(s)
    3.5%
  15. 1/16th@190bpm

    3 vote(s)
    2.6%
  16. 1/16th@200bpm

    2 vote(s)
    1.7%
  17. 1/16th@210bpm

    1 vote(s)
    0.9%
  18. 1/16th@220bpm and beyond....

    8 vote(s)
    7.0%
  19. Fast enough to play the song

    47 vote(s)
    40.9%
  20. Not fast enough to play the song

    6 vote(s)
    5.2%
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  1. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    Interesting to see wat the average speed is developed playing with 2 fingers!
    So please don't vote if you're at 200 playing with 4 fingers....
     
  2. I'm at 168 or so, so I said 170. I'll be gone for 2 1/2 weeks visiting relatives and SEEING METALLICA (WOOT) so I'll be bass-less for half a month..

    ..when I get back I'll be reduced to 140bpm...*goes and kicks his cat*
     
  3. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I haven't measured, but I can play teen town@ 180 BPM so it's somewhere around there.

    but you shouldn't have included the "fast enough to play the song" option, because that's all that matters.
     
  4. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    Are you talking playing one one repeatedly? Or complex passages involving string-skipping?
     
  5. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    I added the fast enough option, to make the point.
     
  6. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Alexandria,VA
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    I can play over 220 bpm as long as you don't ask for any articulation, rhythm, or taste.
     
  7. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    good one :D
     
  8. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    We *are* talking about 16ths here, right? Four notes per click? :eek:

    Can anybody who does over 140bpm post a sample? I'd like to hear it. Just continuous on one note is fine. ;)
     
  9. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Teen town@180 BPM

    I recorded this a long time ago(to back a claim) one take, it's not perfect, but you get the idea.

    this is just the opening groove.
     
  10. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    Yow. Thanks. :crying: :)
     
  11. fallon

    fallon

    Jul 6, 2003
    Scotland
    I faded out and speeded up the end of a two-hand slap track to said 190bpm,improvised with interspersed fingered runs.Once you feel that two handed slapping is second nature to you...try this;allow your drummer access to your bass,using both hands to 'tap or pat' out a beat..He will look good and sound great!! Try it! Stay cool,Scotland's slap bassist."Fallon".
     
  12. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    What exactly is "two-handed slap"??
     
  13. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    Good question :)
     
  14. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    from his post it sounded as though it was just slapping your bass with two hands much like you might strike a conga, in which case immense speeds wouldn't be much of a challenge. :p

    perhaps he was refering to left handed slap?
     
  15. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    I'm fast enough.
    I also don't see where the number of fingers get into the equation.
    As long as you play the required notes, who cares if you play them with your feet or a pick ?
     
  16. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    Well, from my point of view: I find it interesting to know how fast people can get two fingers to move. I, at least, can play quite a bit faster with a pick (though with bad technique) than I can with two fingers.
     
  17. fallon

    fallon

    Jul 6, 2003
    Scotland
    Come on guys!! Serious questions will be answered:¬)
    Stay cool.Scotland's slap bassists."Fallon".
     
  18. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    **sigh**


    ......kids.


    :rolleyes:













    :p
     
  19. fallon

    fallon

    Jul 6, 2003
    Scotland
    I'll assume that due to the Atlantic Ocean;the vastness of salty water and sea air has mutated the British meaning of slapping the electric bass with two hands!! Very much confusion apparent so I will attempt to clarify,that we all understand...
    Most bassists naturally use the left hand to play notes or to dampen unwanted ones.Syncopated 'slapping' between two hands is possible if the dampening/deadening action of the left hand is exaggerated with force.Percussively,the left hand can 'sound' notes and hammer on,selectively in between performing a secondary 'slap'.This style promotes much speed and power when mastered to a certain degree and,along with fingered runs,right and left hand tapping...makes for a very dynamic and demanding technique.I did not invent the style,I love it! Mark King of Level 42 was IMO,the first purveyor of such.I have a link to a good site which contains much two-hand slap,but I am not sure if plugging is permitted.Stay cool,Scotland's slap bassist."Fallon".
     
  20. I can't really vote because I onlay play with 3 fingers
     



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