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Slap Technique

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Funk Warts, Jun 17, 2001.


  1. Funk Warts

    Funk Warts

    Jun 13, 2001
    London, UK
    In my own mind I've devised two ways of playing slap. One I can do fast, and the other I can do slow. Here goes:

    1: Simple Slap. This is the basic thumb/finger routine done on a 1-2-1-2-1-2 rhythm. Usually played on quaver/eighth notes. Play fast on octaves for a steretypical Flea sound.

    2: Hard Slap (good names, eh?). This is where you slap the lower string, pop the higher string, then slap the lower string again, but this time muting. As far as I know this is proper slap, but is very hard. Normally it's done using a 1-2-3 feel. Twelve notes played in each bar, in a 4/4 time signature.

    Comments?
     
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Sorry to burst your bubble, but those are variations of basic octave and triplet techniques.
    They're just the starting point.
     
  3. Tyler Dupont

    Tyler Dupont Wesly Headpush

    Check out Mark King if you want to hear alot of this used and what you can do with it if you combine the different techniques and variations. There are a few mp3's out there I recommend :

    Mark King - Bass - Slap Lesson (Guitarist Magazine).MP3

    Mark King - Bass!.mp3(also called Bass instruction)

    Also Level42 - Mr. Pink.mp3

    almost every slap bassist uses these patterns .. Mark King is just one of my favorites. Later.
     
  4. Orco87

    Orco87

    Mar 26, 2000
    Texas
    If you wanna know other slapping techniques, then check out Victor's Wooten's video Super Bass Solo Technique. It goes over his Double Thumping Technique (a very useful slapping technique at times). Hope this helps!
     
  5. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Or check out Bill Dickens' videos.
    Serious slapping frenzy from the Buddah of Bass.
     
  6. Funk Warts

    Funk Warts

    Jun 13, 2001
    London, UK
    Thanks all. I'm sort of a 'starting' slap player. Working it out for myself really, so I'm not pretending to be the best slap player ever born, in fact I'm fairly useless. I pretty much play a constant bass note and vary between a 6th, b7th and 8ve on the higher string. Simple but I guess it's good practice. I know it's extremely simple, but I'm still trying to get the hang of the mutes thing - otherwise it all seems a bit 'empty', don't you think?
     
  7. Orco87

    Orco87

    Mar 26, 2000
    Texas
    I've been 'slappin' for a good while now and I got the hammer and pluck down, now I'm tryin to get the mutes down. My goodness! It's gonna take another good while til' I get the hang of that! It seems like the things that I love to do are no walk in the park to get good at! :)