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When slapping, which finger do you pop with?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Karma2002, May 28, 2002.

  1. Index Finger

    54 vote(s)
  2. Middle Finger

    41 vote(s)
  3. Ring Finger

    12 vote(s)
  4. Little Finger

    4 vote(s)
  5. All Thumbs

    5 vote(s)
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  1. Karma2002


    May 20, 2002
    Charlotte, NC
    When slapping, which finger do you pop with?
  2. i usually pop with my pinky, ... but i'm wierd
  3. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    For single pops mostly index, rarely the middle finger for special lines.
    Multiple pops and flamenco pops it's index, middle and ring.
  4. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    Middle more than index. I just get my hand into a position when it feels good and it "flows". That and since its the biggest finger i have so it doesnt have to travel as far as the others. I'd like to try and learn with my pinky though
  5. although i'm extremely poor at popping and slapping, i pop with my index.
  6. fast slapper

    fast slapper

    Dec 11, 2001
    Fresno, CA
    I use middle for the farther strings,and index for the closer strings. Gives much more speed and ease.
  7. I use my index and middle when I do slap or my index middle ring for weird popping lines.
  8. Erlendur Már

    Erlendur Már

    May 24, 2000
    I usually pop with my ring finger, but also with my middle. I pop with my index finger very rarely.
  9. Index and middle take turns. Or index, middle, and ring if setting up chord shapes.
  10. HiFi


    Apr 20, 2002
    Southern California
    I usually pluck with my index, but lately I have been using my index and middle finger to pluck two strings at the same time. Playing fast this way has helped me build greater hand dexterity. Plucking with either finger is also not a problem. I can get some cool tones if the right notes are played together in this manner. I have been known to use my ring finger in an extreme line of music or just to build strength.
  11. neptoon

    neptoon Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2000
    Vero Beach, FL
    i pop with my right hand thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers. just depends on what i'm doing. check out the slap bass program with alexis sklarevski. awesome instructional video.
  12. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Word. The best slapping vid around.
  13. When I pop, I kinda use everything but my thumb, I didn't notice this until I read this thread.
  14. index, middle and sometimes my ring finger
  15. Mainly with my middle finger.. but for multistring pops or chords, I use ring on 1st string, middle on 2nd and index in 3rd..
  16. I've worked with that video for a nice long time now and still can't really get any of it. Lost cause I guess.

    edit: This is in no way a knock on the video. I know from many others here that it is in fact quite good. However, it just didn't help me at all.
  17. fadlan bassman

    fadlan bassman

    Oct 23, 2001
    Both middle and index depending on how fast the music is.
  18. neptoon

    neptoon Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2000
    Vero Beach, FL

    sorry to hear that, man....that's like the only source i've learned from in regards to the slap/pop style of playing, with the exception of listening to tunes. keep working at it....i'm sure it will come. :D
  19. supergreg


    Jan 20, 2002
    I pop with my middle finger. I started out with my index but I found it easier to reach the top strings with my middle finger.
  20. I usually alternate between my middle and ring finger

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