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Slap Thumb Position

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by bassduder, Sep 25, 2001.

  1. Up (Mark King)

    2 vote(s)
  2. Parallel (Les Claypool)

    7 vote(s)
  3. Down (Flea)

    8 vote(s)
  1. bassduder


    Jul 30, 2001
    Canada, GF-W

    I was wondering how you dudes/dudettes slap out there...for some odd reason, when i'm just slapping, my thumb is parallel, but when I do fast slap/pop, my thumb kinda points down (like Flea), is that wrong?

  2. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    I don't think any certain way is WRONG, but I can't do it unless my thumb is parallel.
  3. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    45 degrees. Where's that option?
  4. i slap at about 45 aswell
  5. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    I think I keep my index finger nearly parallel to the strings and rotate around it as an axis. Bass Player mag Mark Egan article I read once led me to that I think.
  6. My slap hand sorta varies a little bit depending on what string I am slapping


    Slapping the E string, it's usually parrallel

    Slapping the A, it points down a little bit more, much the same on the D,

    And, well who slaps their G string? (No pun intended, I hate puns)
  7. melvin


    Apr 28, 2001
    I slap at 45, if I play Primus stuff I try slapping more the way he does.