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Slap - useful technique or just a show-off?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by magic papa, Mar 24, 2011.


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  1. As per title. I'm serious, please - no flames.

    OK - I suck at slapping and that's why I'm probably a bit jealous too. Always wanted to learn it, but also always thought that it wasn't worth it considering the amount of work.

    Slapping sounds really cool when you sit in a music shop with a bass you pretty much sold your kidney to buy and just trying to impress the staff and other customers. Or if you want to play solo and show off then. Anyway - just show off. Has to be quick too because it gets boring after first minute.

    Does slapping have its place in songs? Anybody knows good songs with slapped bass (apart from Higher Ground by RHCP :))?

    Your opinions please.
     
  2. groooooove

    groooooove Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Long Island, NY
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  4. behndy

    behndy Banned

    Nov 1, 2008
    California
    yeah man. REALLY missed this thread. hope there can be another "i just plugged straight into my amp and realized how stoopid efx are" thread in the efx forum.

    like chocolate and peanut butter baby. go toGETHER.
     
  5. Zoa

    Zoa

    Dec 28, 2009
    man, you just opened every can in the worm store.
     
  6. Thanks, is this your band?
     
  7. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 EBMM Nut

    Jul 5, 2010
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Nope. Slap never sounds good EVER.
     
  8. All right forget it then. Has this topic been done to death already?
     
  9. behndy

    behndy Banned

    Nov 1, 2008
    California
    epitapatahtah - lulz. i LIKE you. you're silly.
     
  10. Uhhuh. Even before talkbass.com existed.... :p
     
  11. As I understand from your comment this thread was already discussed. Pretty much like every other on any given forum that's been there for a while. Did you actually have anything to say :eyebrow:
     
  12. CertifiedLurker

    CertifiedLurker

    Nov 20, 2008
    MD
    A little from column A and a little from column B.
     
  13. Scatterblak

    Scatterblak

    May 12, 2007
    Nashville, Tennessee
    Endorsing Artist for Low End bass guitars, DNA Amplification
    I suck at using strings other than the E string - I guess that's why I'm a bit jealous - always wanted to be able to use the other strings, but also always thought that it wasn't worth it considering the amount of work.

    Playing those other strings sounds really cool when you sit in a music shop with a bass you pretty much sold your kidney to buy and just trying to impress the staff and other customers. Or if you want to play solo and show off then. Anyway - just show off. Has to be quick too because it gets boring after first minute.

    Does playing those other strings have its place in songs? Anybody knows good songs using the other strings (other than Tom Sawyer by Rush)?

    ...sorry guys, couldn't resist. :)

    Your opinions please.
     
  14. Kabal

    Kabal

    Nov 8, 2007
    Think of slapping like martial arts. You train to make yourself a deadly weapon for years but then learn that you're never supposed to use these techniques. If you've ever seen Ong-Bak think of it like that
     
  15. Scatterblak

    Scatterblak

    May 12, 2007
    Nashville, Tennessee
    Endorsing Artist for Low End bass guitars, DNA Amplification
    +1! Interesting point of view - I like it! This stuff's been covered, tho - I'm off guys.... :)
     
  16. behndy

    behndy Banned

    Nov 1, 2008
    California
    yahppers. got lots to say. first of all, back up off me homie. you don't know me.

    i'm so damn gangsta.

    well, YOU'RE the one that started a thread that's not only been done a BILLION times, but always turns into veiled and not so veiled insults.

    also, just a very, very silly question.
     
  17. After reading some of the comments coming from (I think) slappers one can't help but to conclude that their funky right hand movement was mastered through some other activity. The similarities aren't coincidental. You see, I don't need to engage in that activity and therefore I'm not good at slapping. Problem solved :hyper:
     
  18. Zoa

    Zoa

    Dec 28, 2009
    IMHO, the answer to this thread is. . .



    Listen to behindy. Or you will get slapped.
     
  19. Scatterblak

    Scatterblak

    May 12, 2007
    Nashville, Tennessee
    Endorsing Artist for Low End bass guitars, DNA Amplification
    OW!!

    ...of course, if I thought this thread was at all serious, I'd suggest checking out some Chic/Bernard Edwards. IMHO, he was far and away the tastiest slapper. Check out the live at Budokan stuff -- Bernard plays just the basic grooves of the tunes, and he might slap three notes in the whoile song, but threre's never any doubt - they're the right three notes. :)

    Peace!
     
  20. Kabal

    Kabal

    Nov 8, 2007
    HEY!!! I'm a lefty in that regard :D
     



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