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Left Hand Slap Question

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Matt Till, May 30, 2003.


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  1. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    OK. In the slap bass book I bought, LHS was a big part in it, it seemed to be in every riff. When playing an open note then left hand slapping, it was no problem. But there were fretted notes followed by a left hand slap. How do you do this effectively? Is it just laying your hand down to stop the note from ringing out or is it an actual slap on the fretboard. It's hard to explain what I'm talking about, I hope I'm explaining it ok.
     
  2. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    That's pretty much how I do it.

    I just slap the fretboard with my fingers.

    some people grip the fret board, wrapping their thumb around and do that.

    I don't know...I'd say it's all about being quick.
     
  3. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Slap?

    Come on matt.



    COME ON!
     
  4. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Fret a note with the index finger, slap, and then hit the string<b>s</b> with the other three fingers.
    Keep the fingers slightly curved to match the fingerboard radius, so you hit all, or at least several, strings at once for volume. You should use at least two fingers to avoid unwanted harmonics.
     
  5. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA


    But I want the other kids to like me :bawl:
     
  6. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    Beans... thanks folks. I'll see what I can do.
     
  7. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    Wow.. errmmm huh... that was really easy. It turns out I was pretty much doing it right. :rolleyes:


    Well it helps to know that I'm doing something right.






    *Someone in the crowd yells "GET A TEACHER YA LOUSY BUM" followed by the throwing of rotten fruit*
     



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