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Slap happy strings

Discussion in 'Ask Michael Dimin' started by bassrager, Jul 30, 2000.


  1. bassrager

    bassrager

    Apr 4, 2000
    Ive heard that Ernie Ball slinky strings are good for slap style and jazz , I've heard Flea uses them and I just bought some Flea books , what I need to know is , what gauge would be best , and any other suggestions for sting brands or such would be helpful (PS - the strings that I am currently using are made to play heavy metal , hence my slapping sounds prety bad)

    Thanks a lot
    Christian
     
  2. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin

    Dec 11, 1999
    Clinician: EA, Zon, Boomerang, TI. Author "The Art of Solo Bass"
    Don't think that becasue you use Ernie Ball Strings you slapping is going to sound like Flea. Slapping is more a matter of technique than string guage or brand. As you are developing your slap technique, try out many different brand of strings (including the Ernie Balls) to find what works best for your own technique and the sound that you are after. Stainless Steel strings are brighter than Nickle Silver, exposed core tend to be brighter than wound core. Give a bunch a try.