#1
Guys, I want to learn how to play slap bass, I've watched a couple videos and in all those vids, the instructor goes" Lol, all you have to do is hit the string with your thumb and pop with your index fingah... Boomckikapowwowfunkalunk."

I've tried doing that.. for a while.. And all I ever get is POP. so tell me Bass players, what the hell am I doing wrong? Is it me, or is it the guitar, amp, or something else?

i know all about octaves from watching said videos, but other than that I haven't learned much
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#2
honestly the exact same thing happened to me when i started playing bass. my advice is to just keep practicing and dont give up. youll get it eventually
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#3
i had the same problem, i practiced Slap/Pop(for about 6months) before i could start to do it, and i can only slap/pop on my jackson, on my thunderbird i can only slap and it doesn't sound nearly as well
#4
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i had the same problem, i practiced Slap/Pop(for about 6months) before i could start to do it, and i can only slap/pop on my jackson, on my thunderbird i can only slap and it doesn't sound nearly as well

Yeah, only some basses are suited for slap/pop. I tried it on a Rickenbacker 4003 and it was not cooperating well.
#5
I play a Washburn XB400, suitable? or am I wasting my time?
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#6
You can slap just about anything, but thats no guarantee itll sound decent. When I started I could pop but not slap without muting it. Then, one day, I could slap properly without too much hassle. My advice is to stop worrying about your gear and stick with it. It'll come eventually.
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#8
Just practice. I've been trying on and off for a year and I'm finally getting a little progress. I'm learning Higher Ground and going really slow until I can play it up to speed.
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#9
If you can, talk to someone that can do it really well in person. They can help a ton.
#10
i had the same problem, i just kept doing it over and over till one day... "oh ****, i did it!"
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#11
Try to get the slap down first. I'm pretty sure everyone knows how to pop, the slap usually takes time to get. Once you actually know how to slap, then you can try combining slappin and poppin
#12
Make sure you don't have skullbuster strings. Those are pretty much impossible to slap with.
Watch someone who does know how to slap and pop really well. It's how I learned.
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Guys, I want to learn how to play slap bass, I've watched a couple videos and in all those vids, the instructor goes" Lol, all you have to do is hit the string with your thumb and pop with your index fingah... Boomckikapowwowfunkalunk."

I've tried doing that.. for a while.. And all I ever get is POP. so tell me Bass players, what the hell am I doing wrong? Is it me, or is it the guitar, amp, or something else?

i know all about octaves from watching said videos, but other than that I haven't learned much





But yeah, I'm no funkster, but try getting somebody to show you how to do it. I can't do it very well but it helped when somebody showed me. One of my music teachers at college is all about the funk, and that helped me.
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#15
A pair of thin Gauge strings help's alot, does wonders for the sound aswell. What I do, is when ever I buy strings for the bass i use for slap, Is I get thin gauge strings and boil them for about 10 minutes before I put them on, once you do that it gives you the sound that you expect. For the technique, it really is a case of practise, I learnt from playing Emergency on Planet Earth by Jamiroquai over and over until I could play it perfectly double speed with the solo from the greatest hits version. There are also a few other techniques which are very easy to pick up once you got the slap and pop down, and they make it sound that much better, but it really is a case of practising though watching videos and watching the technique closely helps alot.
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