Which slap bass technique?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Tnavis, Mar 12, 2003.

  1. Tnavis


    Feb 25, 2003
    Minneapolis, MN
    Hey all-

    for the several years, i've been using the "bounce" technique to slap, i.e. bouncing my thumb off the strings. however, i've been working on victor wootens double thumbing technique, and i was wondering.... should i focus on one, or are both useful? they differ enough tone wise that i can see the use of working on both. what do you all think, and what do you all do personally?
  2. Jason Carota

    Jason Carota Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2002
    Lowell, MA
    I don't see a problem with focussing equally on both. Having each technique available to you won't hurt your playing. Personally, I use the "bounce" method (with the occasional double technique.)
  3. Double-thumping is obviously a very handy technique to have due to its ability to dramatically increase your slapping speed. However, if you only use double-thumping then you really are limiting yourself and any technique is only as good as the appropriateness of its use.