slappin' and poppin'

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by chips, Jan 10, 2004.

  1. hey guys,

    I'm new on here, just got my first bass and amp for x-mas (peavey milestone III and Peavey microbass) :p

    Now, to my question, ive read some where to slap ur bottom strings and pop ur top strings... does this mean to slap (if u got standing tuning) ur D and G strings and pop the E and A strings... or vice versa???

  2. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    You can slap and pop any of your strings, but the basic technique starts with slapping the E and A, and popping the D and G. Work your way up from there.
  3. Thanks man:)
    any other advice for me with the whole learning stuff thingy mi bobs??
    anything would be greatly appreciated to help me improve
  4. Ego


    Jan 10, 2004
    when you slap, turn your wrist like opening a door (the motion should come mostly from the wrist, not the arm). get yer thumb parallel to the string, and hit the string with the side of your thumb. at the end of a stroke, your thumb should rest on the string below the one you played, so you can hit it with an upstroke if you want

    other than that, listen to everything and play everything

    funk, or music which is funky, will help you play anything else
  5. pyrohr


    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    Practice, Practice, Practice

    And when you get tired, practice somemore!