slapping, but where..

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Eric Cioe, Aug 14, 2001.

  1. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe

    Jun 4, 2001
    Missoula, MT
    i've seen two different ways to slap. one is at the bridge, and the other is at the neck. i use both, for different tones, but what way do you do it?
  2. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    I slap with my thumb nearer to the neck myself, as it is easier for my hand in that position to pop strings like that.
  3. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    Right on the 22nd - 24th frets. Just happens that way.


  4. I don't see many people slapping right near the bridge. I myself slap by the neck.
  5. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe

    Jun 4, 2001
    Missoula, MT
    yeah the bridge gives you a realy wierd but cool tone
  6. purple_haze


    Jun 29, 2001
    London Town
    I've always found that the string tension that close to the bridge makes popping close to impossible, but I do think it has a cool tone for just the thumbwork.

    So most of the time I play with my thumb over the highest (21st) fret.
  7. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    About on the last fret always gives the authentic slap and pop sound that the audience wants, for me.

    In "The Slap Bass Program" Sklarevski (sp?) is adamant about being close to the neck.
  8. Slapping is usually done by the neck. That's the way most do it.... at least how i've been brought up to do it. But another thing is that trying to pop near the bridge would be much harder, since there is more tension near the bridge.

    But that's just me....