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Quad Slapping technique

Discussion in 'Rockabilly [DB]' started by MattStonewall, Dec 12, 2018.

  1. dhergert

    dhergert Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2018
    Blue Zone, California
    You've got it... And your movement is smooth and fluid, nicely done.

    The confusing thing for me was the concept that the note itself is beat 1 of a triplet so really there are two slaps (or taps) that get executed with a triplet. For a quad you have the note itself and 3 slaps. Etc... Also the deeper you swing triplets, the more important that rest right after the beat 1 note becomes.

    I do quads technically the same way you do which involves a lot of wrist twisting movement; in the future as my wrists and elbows get more stiff with arthritis / age I'll probably try to adopt the other quad form which doesn't do the "flip".

    I've watched some real pro Texas Swing slappers do quads and they'll syncopate the note melody over the quad, sometimes adding a string-pull-release to provide one of the slaps where they want a note to be heard. I don't have that down yet at all, and actually I'm not sure I ever will, but it sounds great when they do it.
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  2. Hoyt


    Jun 29, 2006
    Saint Charles, IL.
    Sometimes I feel like playing those dance halls in Texas might be the best learning experience and environment for slap bass ever.
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  3. Keith Rawlings

    Keith Rawlings

    Aug 3, 2019
    Yep - that's the only way to do it. Here's a pic of me and Matt Hole playing Gruene Hall in 1998. Me and Matt Jamming at Gruene Hall.jpg
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