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Middle Finger String Slapping

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by DeCayING, Nov 26, 2003.

  1. DeCayING


    Jun 2, 2003
    A friend of mine that also plays bass showed me a technique that I had never seen before. He would fret the notes and slap the string with his right hand using the first knuckle on the underside of his middle finger. It sounded great but I don't know anything about the technique. Does anyone know any information about this? I would like to learn anything I can about it.
  2. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Middle finger? THats weird. Did he pop as well?
  3. All slapping really is, is hitting the string with enough force at a slight angle to make it hit the frets and bounce off, which is what that percussive sound is.

    Given that, you can really slap with any part of your hand (or anything else, really), although having lower action would probably make it easier to slap with, say, the underside of your middle finger.
  4. DeCayING


    Jun 2, 2003
    Nope, just slapping.