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How to Slap

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Bass_x_Masta, Feb 14, 2006.

  1. Bass_x_Masta


    Feb 14, 2006
    Here are some tips to Slap:

    1 - Always slap at an equal angle to the string
    2 - Use bony side of thumb
    3 - Learn Some KoRn
    (All of these songs are intense slapping)
    4 - Slap At a Fret with NO Harmonics
    (Such as 20)
    5 - Don't hit the Pickup
    (This wrecks it, and that sucks)
    6 - Don't Be afraid of the smack sound you hear from the bass, it will not come from the amp, and doesn't wreck it

    Correct me if I;m Wrong

    - Nad
  2. Tony G

    Tony G

    Jan 20, 2006

    I appologize, but I am going to have to pick this apart...

    This is just simply wrong. Slap anyway angle you like as long as it feels good and sounds good. There are many differnt pro bassists that hold thier thumb at differnt angles for many different styles of playing.

    I suppose this makes some sense, if you are talking about using the outer nuckle of your thumb. But I would imagine that it is impossible not to do that.

    If you are a koRn fan, than go ahead and learn some of their stuff, but I wouldn't exactly recommend it if you are trying to learn proper slap style. All that guy does is pretty much bang away at his bass with his boney thumb...

    Are you talking about where you actually slap the string with your thumb or muting the string after you slap it? Technically, you can slap anywhere you like as long as it sounds and feels good. I tend to slap in between the neck pickup and the neck itself. If you are talking about muting the string after you slap it, anywhere on the neck will do with proper left hand technique.

    I don't think it actually wrecks the pickup, but yeah, don't do it. If you are hitting the pickup when slapping, you aren't controlling your right hand enough.

    You can certainly wreck the amp or blow the speakers if you slap right (wrong) enough. You can really get those cones moving with heavy slap, causing them to crack. Or you can overdrive your poweramp which is not a good thing either.
  3. EricTheEZ1


    Nov 23, 2004
    Clawson, MI
    Never ever recommend Korn again. Sure, I loved them when I was 14, but you can't really hear "bass" in Korn. On top of that, his technique is horrible.

    Recommend some Marcus Miller, Anthony Jackson, Victor Wooten, or even some Flea.
  4. oathbass462

    oathbass462 Guest

    Dec 27, 2005
    les claypool to he mostly taps the frets but he does slaps alot too.
  5. bill_banwell

    bill_banwell Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2002
    I recommend Level 42/Mark king for slap lines. on top of the above mentioned, but not Korn.
  6. barthanatos

    barthanatos Insert witty comment here

    Feb 8, 2006
    South Carolina
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but this is only a problem on solid state amps?

    If it is bad for tubes, could you elaborate on why? Mine has some sort of amp protection circuitry in it, so I guess it must at least be a consideration. And what about the preamp?
  7. jrduer


    Jun 27, 2005
    Georgetown, TX
    When I slap, I prefer the open-hand-to-the-side-of-the-head technique...:D

  8. GSRLessard14

    GSRLessard14 All-Things-Claypool Enthusiast

    Jun 23, 2005
    Newington, CT

    I prefer Les' slapping technique because his thumb comes to rest on the next highest string, which helps reduce sympathetic vibration. One of the other options is to just whack the string and bounce off it, but this requires a lot more accuracy and your more likely to accidently hit other strings in the process, in my opinion.
  9. anonymous278347457

    anonymous278347457 Guest

    Feb 12, 2005
    +1 especially on twisted transister.

    maybe that exzibit(sp?) guy REALLY played the bass on that song
  10. Aww, and I clicked on this thread hoping to see someone actually put together a helpful, truthful, and just good FAQ on slapping. Instead, I get "learn some koRn."
  11. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    For me, I just kept hitting it til I sounded right, then went from there. I'm not the most technically advanced slapper, but anything will work IMO, as long as it gets the effect you wish.
  12. bill_banwell

    bill_banwell Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2002
    http://www.gazzbass.com is a good site for slapping, very stanley clarke/mark king style slap bass, with some fretless bassing too.
  13. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    "The blind leading the blind.." springs to mind...?
  14. Sippy


    Aug 1, 2005
    Okay ... just an comment that needs to be made... KoRn is not a good example of slap bass... it is a good example of tuning VERY low, and randomly flinging your thumb around in hopes that it will hit a string.... a string that is positioned down in between your shins.
  15. ghizmo


    Feb 21, 2006
    i think slap is a very personal style
    everyone can find everyone's slapping style great
  16. Eric Grossman

    Eric Grossman

    Nov 3, 2004
    St. Louis
    Endorsing Artist: Hipshot Products and SIT Strings
    Everything in music is personal. That's what music is. Personally, this is a ridiculous thread.

    Blind leading the blind is absolutely right.
  17. Tony G

    Tony G

    Jan 20, 2006

    If we are talking about the original thread starter, than yes, I agree. But if this is in reference to my post, than no...
  18. Eric Grossman

    Eric Grossman

    Nov 3, 2004
    St. Louis
    Endorsing Artist: Hipshot Products and SIT Strings
    Sorry man, I was referring to the original post.
  19. spindizzy


    Apr 12, 2004
    Be helpful, be constructive, be open minded and remember, no matter what you think you are not the best player that ever lived...that player hasn't been born yet.

    As someone who has slapped, thumped, fingered, picked, play with everything from coffee cups to violin bows since the late 60's I can tell you that there is no wrong way nor is there an immutable right way there is only your way.

    Back when I started we didn't have forums like this with overly opinionated folks full of self importance to stop us from experimenting and emulating anything we thought of or saw someone else do. You need to remember if it wasn't for those days of intense experimentation you all would be writing about which Beatle bass to buy and how best to play the root in every tune you learn.

    Be careful how you judge the posting of someone who is here seeking help...not a good bashing.
  20. Tony G

    Tony G

    Jan 20, 2006
    I totally understand where you are coming from with this. I do however believe that my first post in this thread was nothing more than constructive critism.