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Slapping and picking

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by pappas, Mar 9, 2014.

  1. pappas


    Aug 12, 2012
    Hey guys. I just started trying to learn the slap and pick. Would love to someday throw it into a gig. We do All Along the Watch Tower, same speed as the U2 version but we do it A, G, F. I think it would be a perfect tune to eventually do a solo slap/pick thing. My comment is, I see these guys on the videos slapping and picking so effortlessly, hand barely moving from position and getting a great sound. Then here I am, it seems like I really have to pull that string to get that great, tinny sound, for lack of a better term. The slap I can see happening with practice, the pick seems like it will be much harder, take longer.
  2. spz8


    Jan 19, 2009
    Glen Cove, NY
    I think you mean slapping and "popping". To pick, you need to uh... use a pick! The slap/pop style takes time and practice, practice, practice. Use a metronome or drum machine for precision and consistency. After a while you'll find good economy of motion, and understand why flailing around like a maniac is not synonymous with good sound, tone, or feel.