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Newbie..how do you slap?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by robe, Jan 3, 2004.

  1. robe


    Oct 19, 2003
    Hey everybody,
    I have been playing bass for around 2 days with no tuition. I am 13 years old and can kind of slap with my thumb on the first 2 srtings but isnt making much noise and its hard to pop straight after.

    Can anyone plz tell me or give me a diagram to help me how to slap?

    Thanx: bassist: :D
  2. robe


    Oct 19, 2003
    Also my guitar is a yamaha rbx460
  3. robe


    Oct 19, 2003
    i also dont have an amp
  4. Try doing a search on it. Don't also to slap as fast or as good as Flea if this is your second day of playing bass. Also, get a teacher ASAP. It will help you in the long run.
  5. Mike Money

    Mike Money In Memoriam

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    Forget about slapping for atleast 5 months. Get your finger strength up to par, be able to move around the fret board easily, learn your notes, learn your scales, etc... then you may slap, young padawan.
  6. It'll pay to get good at finding frets fast, and so on, before you learn to slap. However, starting early's not such a bad thing, so here's the Mark's Magical Mystery Moves for Slapping GuideĀ™.

    Hold your 'slapping hand' out. Do a thumbs-up sign. I find this position is what I'm in most of the time as I slap with the joint of my thumb and it frees up my fingers to pop or whatever. You want your hand to be perpendicular to the strings. Basically, position your hand so if you drew a line from your wrist to your middle finger, it'd go over your furthest up pick-up. This should mean you're slapping pretty near the end of the neck.

    Try to get the rocking motion with your wrist right. To start, try and keep your wrist in roughly the same place. Let it rotate, but don't move it up and down all over the place.

    You want to just slap the string with the main joint of your thumb. It's a quick "elastic" action. It's not move-bang-move back. It's more fluid, so as soon as you hit the string you're recoilling your hand ready to slap the minx again. It's hard to get your head around from such a poor explanation, but once you start slapping you'll get the gist because it'll sound right.

    Disclaimer: This is just my experience. What works for someone won't work for someone else in many cases. Just try and use it as what it is - a rough guide.

    Good luck, and stick with it!


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