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slap tech different methods!

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by vene-nemesis, Dec 1, 2005.


  1. vene-nemesis

    vene-nemesis Banned

    Jul 17, 2003
    Bilbao España
    Ive been trying to speed up my slap tech, i at the moment play a crossover between mark king's and traditional slap, but after watching MM and LG i realized that they seem to strike the strings rather than pulling them off but with their thumbs parallel to the strings rather that perpendicular like in King's tech, so my question is: how can i make this upper strike sound goo without having to pull my thumb miles away from the string and then strike it????
     
  2. JAUQO III-X

    JAUQO III-X Banned

    Jan 4, 2002
    CHICAGO,IL.
    Endorsing artist:see profile.

    One thing that I do is keep my thumb not to far from the area to be stricked/plucked and it allows me to execute fast and clean attacks to any string I choose.In most instances the further you have your plucking/slapping hand away from the instrument the more economy you will use to get the fast and clean tone that you are striving for and that at times can cause a slow attack return to and from the note.

    here are a couple of video clips of me applying some aspects of what you are asking.

    http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=jauqo&btnG=Search+Video

    I hope this helps

    p.s.

    I only included the video link,because it can help get a better understanding of what I was explaining.
     
  3. Perhaps re-set up your bass with lower action which equals less work for your right slap hand? ;)

     
  4. Scot

    Scot Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2004
    Pacifica, CA, USA
    Good question. I'm definitely from the MM, Louis Johnson school where you strike the string with that bone on the joint of the thumb. I don't feel I have to pull my hand or arm far away from the bass to get a good sound. The good sound comes from where I strike the string (a little back from the fretboard and not over it), how accurate the strike is, and the natural recoil of the thumb after striking the string. I don't really pull my arm away either. Give a "thumbs-up" with your right hand to an imaginary person directly in from of you with your elbow resting on your hip. Now rotate your wrist so that your thumb goes from pointing at the ceiling (or sky) to pointing at an imaginary person standing to the left and slightly ahead of your but keep your elbow and arm relaxed and resting on your hip. That's the motion I use when slapping. I used to get more arm involved in it but I can get a better sound doing it this way and play faster and more accurately since my arm can pretty much stay in the same place resting on the bass - I just have to move it a little up or down to accomidate thumping the different strings. Also, it's useful for using the palm to mute strings.
     
  5. JAUQO III-X

    JAUQO III-X Banned

    Jan 4, 2002
    CHICAGO,IL.
    Endorsing artist:see profile.
    Hey Jay,as you know I have some of the lowest action one can have on a Bass and I use very light gauge strings as well(my E ranges from an .85 to a .87)but low action,super low action and light gauge strings don't work for a lot of Bassist.
     
  6. vene-nemesis

    vene-nemesis Banned

    Jul 17, 2003
    Bilbao España
    Holy s*** youre a monster!

    Thx everyone keep those advices comming!
     
  7. JAUQO III-X

    JAUQO III-X Banned

    Jan 4, 2002
    CHICAGO,IL.
    Endorsing artist:see profile.

    Thanks but like I said,I felt it would help you get a better understanding of what I was saying.
     
  8. FunkSlap89

    FunkSlap89

    Apr 26, 2005
    Albany, NY
    Juaqo, you are sick-nasty!!! I think i will go play bass until i realize that i can't play like that, then i'll come back on... :bawl:
     
  9. GSPLBASSDC

    GSPLBASSDC

    Jan 25, 2005
    Phoenix, AZ
    Bass Player mag had a nice article on the differences in thumb position 2 or 3 issues ago (Stefan or Paul Mc on the cover, I think). I, like Scot, am also from the "Thunder Thumbs" and MM school of slapping (maybe remedial school...but I disgress) with my thumb parallel to the strings. All of the action comes from my forearm rotating my wrist as opposed to moving it back and forth. Much faster and better sounding, IMO