#1
Ok, I've been trying to go for some bluesy stuff, (and on that note, if anyone can send me some really bluesy tabs or something, much appreciated), and I've been trying the Slap and Pop technique. I have a few questions

1: When I slap with my thumb, the note is barely audible. How can I fix this?

2: I get big bloody blisters when I play, and I know I should leave the blisters alone to harden and callous, but they have the color of congealed blood. Any solutions?

3. Does anyone know any good finger exercises?
#2
1) bounce the thumb, don't let it mute the string.

2) that's not my forte, never had any blood. doctor?

3) spider scale?
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#3
Most people who play slap bass, tape their thumb. Electrical tape usually.
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The best advice I ever got about playing slap was to get the mind set of your thumb being a drum stick. Get a cheap hand drum and practice getting a good snap drum sound with that. Then go back to bass. Most of not all of the drummers I know play amazing slap bass for this very reason. They understand the percussive nature of it.
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The best advice I ever got about playing slap was to get the mind set of your thumb being a drum stick. Get a cheap hand drum and practice getting a good snap drum sound with that. Then go back to bass. Most of not all of the drummers I know play amazing slap bass for this very reason. They understand the percussive nature of it.

My drummer keeps his palm on the strings while bringing his thumb down and not bouncing. I told him he was doing it wrong and now it swings his whole forarm like a swing on to the strings




TS, I've never had the blood blister problem but with slapping your thumb should bounce of the string and at almost the same time, your index should be reaching for the pop if needed. Another good tip is to palm mute when you slap, so after the bounce rotate yoru hand / wrist until the edge of your palm is muting the strings, this is a much better habit then just laying your fingers across the strings on your left hand.
#7
You must have a very soft thumb, if its bleeding. Are you using the bone of the thumb to hit the string at the joint. Its al about the snap of the thumb, down and up very quick. Only move at the wrist. Bringing the thumb down as the wrist comes down and bringing the thimb back before the wrist pulls back. Slap right on the neck or at the very end of it. Boost your treble and mids. Try new strings.
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You must have a very soft thumb, if its bleeding. Are you using the bone of the thumb to hit the string at the joint. Its al about the snap of the thumb, down and up very quick. Only move at the wrist. Bringing the thumb down as the wrist comes down and bringing the thimb back before the wrist pulls back. Slap right on the neck or at the very end of it. Boost your treble and mids. Try new strings.



Its not my thumb that's bleeding, it's the fingers I use to "pop" with, like my middle and pointer
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Its not my thumb that's bleeding, it's the fingers I use to "pop" with, like my middle and pointer
You're gonna have to give your fingers some time to build calluses. I had this same problem at first.
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#10
stainless steal strings hurt and nickle strings are a bit softer .. hope that helps any
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