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Is this actually a technique?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Melf, Apr 25, 2003.

  1. Melf


    Mar 20, 2003
    Starkville, MS
    The other day, a fellow bassist and I were sitting in Guitar class at school. He was playing a Les Claypool solo and I asked him to show me the first part. Well he tried and there was this easy slap part that I just couldn't get right. So he says, no you're doing it wrong! And I hadn't noticed before, but he had his forearm vertical to the neck with the elbow almost touching the strap screw on the bottom. I tried it and I got the slap part but it didn't seem right to me. I kept thinking, how could you even do that playing standing up? Is this a usable technique or an odd innovation on his part?
  2. CS Bass

    CS Bass

    Feb 18, 2003
    No, it's an arm position. Use whatever is comfortable for you.
  3. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Mark King plays like that: he tucks the bass under his armpit and slaps with his forearm parallel to the strings. Probably hard to do if you have a large-bodied instrument.