Slap and pop with a band

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Romone19, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. Romone19

    Romone19 Guest

    Jan 7, 2010
    Kansas City Missouri
    Hi can anyone tell me or give me some pointers on what to listen and look for when trying slap and pop with a live band?
  2. Mushroo

    Mushroo Guest

    Apr 2, 2007
    A broad question.... maybe you can clarify what you're actually asking?

    Some vague general hints:

    1. If it's a cover song, jam along with the original 1,000 times so you know you've got it down tight
    2. Lock in with the drummer
    3. Record your rehearsals and listen back so you can analyze your performance and sound
    4. Be receptive to criticism if your band mates aren't digging the slap & pop sound :)
  3. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    Slap Bass by Alex Sklarevsky.
  4. lowfreq33

    lowfreq33 Guest

    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    Don't "look for" opportunities to slap. If the song genuinely calls for that technique it will be obvious. Most of the time it's not appropriate. Nothing worse than someone trying to show off their chops when they should be playing something that fits the song. That goes for everyone, bass, guitar, keys, drums....
  5. ^All good tips

    Also, Seinfeld ruined slap bass forever.
  6. RFord04

    RFord04 Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2009
    Flint, Michigan
    Seinfeld ruined synth slap bass, maybe...
  7. Too many songs have been ruined by too much slapping. Go to Guitar Center's bass room and weep... So keep it tasty...

    Also, a huge amount of slap technique has to do with rhythmic sense, if you don't have that in place, slapping sounds horrible. Helps to play drums or otherwise use your right hand to tap out patterns.