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Slap Problem concerning muting

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Ryan Mohr, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. Ryan Mohr

    Ryan Mohr

    Oct 23, 2007
    I have been slapping since I began playing bass because it has always appealed to me. I started out playing Higher Ground a lot and consequently I accidently slap a note twice when I only mean to slap it once which can be quite frustrating. Is there anything I should do to correct this? The major problem I am having is muting notes when slapping and popping octaves (example Alright by Jamiroquai - http://youtube.com/watch?v=rND8EqzxcA4), I keep muting when I slap by accident instead of slapping the actual note. I am fretting the note correctly but my right hand is muting it. Does anyone have any exercises or solutions to this problem? Thanks in advance.
  2. i'm... not a hundred percent sure what your asking but if its actually slapping and producing a note via slap and your not gettin ganything what you need to do is not slap, the string, but bounce, gotta get a bounce in there

    just keep doin it till ya get it, hours and hours of frustration gets the job done, no easy way out unfortunetly

    but like i said if its that particular situation i've been there

  3. i realized I used to do that too. I would play Aeroplane with way to many dead notes on the thumb slapping parts. Took a few listens to the song for me to realize flea does not mute the notes and I am not playing it right.

    I corrected it by just.. well.. correcting it? I don't know what trouble youre running into exactly but I would suggest playing the slap lines slowly so you can get a feel of the correct muting.
  4. Ryan Mohr

    Ryan Mohr

    Oct 23, 2007
    Alright thanks guys I realized it's only going to be corrected through practice.
  5. Ryan Mohr

    Ryan Mohr

    Oct 23, 2007
    Any comments about slapping a note twice by accident?
  6. mutedeity


    Aug 27, 2007
    The best thing to do is to take a phrase from the piece you are trying to play and make it an etude that includes the part you are having problems with. Make it a one or two bar phrase and slow it right down. Making sure that you play every note precisely. Slowly speed up, adjusting your technique as you go and repeating at a slower speed when you make a mistake.

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