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slap/pop speed and accuracy

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by JonnyLentilbean, Feb 8, 2003.


  1. let me begin my declaring myself as a huge les claypool, victor wooten, and stanley clarke fan.

    i've <u>finally</u> gotten my slap/pop technique to work for me. i had problems with my fingers popping the strings, but that hurdle is now eliminated...

    i can fake my way through many lines, though i'm curious as to any good techniques for getting the speed up... such as any exercises you all do? thanks.
     
  2. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    the only way to get faster is to practice. slowly
     
  3. Amethska

    Amethska

    Jan 27, 2003
    NJ, USA
    As with anything bass-related, start slow... and use a metronome. Set it to something like 60 BPM, and put it up a notch at a time. Sure ,takes a long time, but really builds up that speed. :)
     
  4. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    start slow and work up the speed. also, keep your slapping hand loose - don't tighten up. that chokes your potential speed and also can hurt your timing.
     
  5. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin

    Dec 11, 1999
  6. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    heh, that artcle is almost the exact same thing a bass instructor at idyllwild jazz camp taught me ;)

    and it works!
     
  7. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin

    Dec 11, 1999
    He probably got it from me! I learned the technique in 1979 and have been teaching it ever since. The article in Bass Frontiers was printed in the May/June issue of 1998 - almost 5 years ago.

    Mike
     
  8. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    Hey Mike, ive been doing that drumstick technique for a week now, and it has already helped me a million bucks! i reccomend it to ANYONE and EVERYONE who wants faster slapping!!
     
  9. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin

    Dec 11, 1999
    I wish that I could take credit for it. But it was shown to me in 1979 by Randy Coven ("Sammy Says Ouch")

    Mike
     
  10. as always, your help is greatly appreciated :)