The Gospel according to Mr.Larry Graham...

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by 77 StingRayBass, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. 77 StingRayBass

    77 StingRayBass

    Sep 15, 2011
    His words...his technique.

    Premier Guitar-"Over all these years, you've steadfastly stuck to calling your revolutionary technique “thumpin’ and pluckin'.” Let's talk about why you like to make that distinction."
    Larry Graham "Well, it really is thumpin’ and pluckin'! You can give it another name, but it's still thumpin' and pluckin.’ When you hit the string with the side of your thumb, you're thumpin' it more than slapping it, and when you're poppin’ that G string, like I do on “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin),” you're really pluckin’ it. Y'know, for people who aren't musicians, I can understand why they don't understand that—and they can call it anything they want, as long as they're referring to the same technique. I'm sure that in the future, some new names will get added—I've heard “pop bass,” and “chopper bass,” which is what some people call it in Japan. There's a whole list of names, depending on where you live, but when you see and hear it, it's all the same thing"

    Sho ya' right! :bassist:
  2. sammyp


    Aug 20, 2010
    NB, Canada
    He came up with it! He gets to name it! I think thumpin and pluckin is way cooler than slap n pop lol!
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  4. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    I've always hated it when people called it "thumping" instead of slapping. It just sounds so... lame.
  5. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Back in the day (when I started playing in the early 70's), it was called 'Thumpin'! I can't recall when folks started calling it 'slap' bass. But really? Thumpin' is lame? How old are you?
  6. 77 StingRayBass

    77 StingRayBass

    Sep 15, 2011
    Órale Mi Hermano DW!
    It is and will ALWAY'S be "Thumpin'" to the "O.G.'s!"
  7. Truth be told - 'slapping' as I see it is reserved for the upright bass and has no true application in a bass one wears around one's neck.
  8. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    Yep, that's what I've always called it and "slap" bass was a technique upright players used.
  9. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I like thumping and I love Mr Larry.
  10. Larry created it, Louis Johnson and a host of others added to it, but it was ALWAYS thumpin...
  11. 77 StingRayBass

    77 StingRayBass

    Sep 15, 2011
    Agreed doppleganger!
    And, you SLAP the upright!
  12. Schmorgy


    Jul 2, 2012
    If anything, I'd consider this to be a proper use of the term "slap bass" taken literally.
  13. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    He called it thumpin', that's what it was. Can't recall slapping anything with the side of my thumb. I've seen Abe Laboriel slap electric, otherwise most people don't.
  14. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Dangnab it, I'm only going to refer to it as "thumpin'" from now on.

    Thumpa da bass!!!
  15. sammyp


    Aug 20, 2010
    NB, Canada
    actually that old star licks vid buy Louis is prolly better described as Jack Hammerin' LOL
  16. heb9_28


    Jul 1, 2009
    If Larry says it, it's gotta be true!
  17. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    I defer to the guy who invented it and the Once and Future Jedi Master Mr. Graham.
    Thump on!
  18. phillybass101


    Jan 12, 2011
    Endorsing Artist: Tecamp Bass Players Gear, Bartolini Emerging Artist
    Larry Graham and the Bootsy that played with James Brown changed my life forever!!!! I still get chills when I hear Can You Handle It, and Hair and....James Brown Give it up or turn it loose (The Jungle Remix). If I could only have those three songs, I could survive.
  19. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    I'm playing it wrong but you get my drift! ;)
  20. phillybass101


    Jan 12, 2011
    Endorsing Artist: Tecamp Bass Players Gear, Bartolini Emerging Artist
    DW I'll check this out later tonight. Can't access from work :) Hey if you're on FB let me know I'm on under Walt.Finnerty. Holla!!!
  21. phillybass101


    Jan 12, 2011
    Endorsing Artist: Tecamp Bass Players Gear, Bartolini Emerging Artist
    DW man you did a great job with that. You play it better than I do and that P-Bass sounded awesome. Your version will certainly fly. I have trouble keeping my thumb going. Larry does some strange stuff in that song. One of my favorite songs of all time, even when I had HAIR!!!!!!