How to slap like les claypool

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  1. Br br Deng

    Br br Deng

    Mar 22, 2021
    How can I build up energy and everything? Mainly like in my name is mud
  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    I'm pretty sure you have to kill your best friend with an aluminum baseball bat to slap like that. :p
  3. nonohmic


    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
    Stomp your left foot in time with the kick drum, then slap complex syncopated rhythms on a fretless 6, all while singing random garbage.
  4. nonohmic


    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
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  5. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    If you want to be good at slapping, you have to practice!

    batman slapping robin2 original copy.jpg
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  6. arbiterusa


    Sep 24, 2015
    San Diego, CA
    Lots of practice. There’s no shortcuts for what you want to do, just practice and more practice.
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  7. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    Sit playing very slowly, tightly and perfectly - with a metronome. When you get to a speed where you start flubbing or playing anything less than perfectly, go back 2 notches. Do this lots and lots.

    And use this guy for help if you're just starting out:

    I couldn't slap to save my life. Not even the slowest, simplest lines. And I tried lots. Somebody gave me the VHS version of that link above, and a couple of years later I came up with this:

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  8. keyboardguy

    keyboardguy Supporting Member

    May 11, 2005
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  9. Step 1: Be Les Claypool.

    Step 3: Profit.
  10. JeezyMcNuggles


    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    Dress in blue. Yes, Navy blue. Except, of course, your patent shoes.
    Would step two perhaps be to steal underpants?
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  11. JeezyMcNuggles


    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    It's actually really easy. Start by getting the muted flop. Then wail at the chorus. Although, les really just keeps things steady. But if you want to build energy, start playing, then start playing harder. Dynamics
  12. We do not know what is Step 2 ;)
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  13. JeezyMcNuggles


    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    Maybe if we had some more coffee...

    We have grounds?!
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  14. thabassmon


    Sep 26, 2013
    New Zealand
    I haven't listened to primus for a long time, since Antipop I think (I quite like that album). I think it's just left hand slaps, in between the regular thumbed notes, that makes it sound like there's more going on than there actually is.

    I definitely could be wrong like I said I haven't listened to Primus since around 1999.
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