#1
i have so much trouble doing this.. aswell as popping.. its not funny.. anyone have any tips for me? cause im not doin too well with it
#2
practice? Listen to alot of funk, thats where slap/pop is used alot. Flea, victor wooten, many others.

See if you can find a video online with a small tutorial. It usually helps me out to see someone playing what they are trying to teach.
#3
maybe theres something wrong with your hand position..
i suggest taking lessons from some one you know..
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#4
i dont know anyone, i know a guy whose bassist is pretty sik.. but i dunno.. like its weird how can the hand positioning be wrong?
#5
Quote by xDoMyGuitarNoWx
i dont know anyone, i know a guy whose bassist is pretty sik.. but i dunno.. like its weird how can the hand positioning be wrong?



The way the thumb hits, as well as the way the fingers pop make all the difference in the world. Just so you know, it take alot of practice to get really good at it so if youve only been playing for a week and havent seen any results, you are not giving it long enough.
#6
Quote by MySweetFracture
practice? Listen to alot of funk, thats where slap/pop is used alot. Flea, victor wooten, many others.

See if you can find a video online with a small tutorial. It usually helps me out to see someone playing what they are trying to teach.


Not Victor, you will just confuse him. Try RHCP's, say....Can't stop is a good starter.
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#7
^ Not really - you can hardly tell it is slapped and popped on the recording. Confused me for a while. Try something like Naked In The Rain where you can actually tell it is slapped.
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#8
yeh.. i didnt get cant stop too much.. like i dont expect to b good at it.. but i usually understand things really quickly.. and i picked up the bass yesterday.. and im not gettin the popping too much.. big change from guitar.. becaus strings are different.
#9
man, you guys always give the same advice "try this RHCP song". let me say this clearly, F*CK RHCP. Learn the technique properly guys ! if you are new to slap, try this..

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--2---3--4--5---6-----
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-0--1--2--3---4--------


Do this all the way up to the 12th fret. Then come back down like this..

----14---13----12--11--10--9------
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-12---11---10----9----8---7---
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All the way down to the Open A.

if you cannot do this cleanly, to a metronome, without mistakes, then you've got no business trying to play songs yet, certainly not RHCP songs. I would say you need to spend at least a few weeks doing this until you can do it without even thinking about it. You can then move on to adding a muted note in between the move to the next fret like the below.

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--2----3----4----5-----6-----
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-0-x-1-x-2--x-3--x-4--------


do this all the way up and down and the same coming back down.

then switch the muted note to the first not played.

You should work on this so you are doing it so slow it's mind numbing. it has to be CLEAN, not fast. Once you get it clean, you will naturaally build up speed with the metronome.


Come back to me when you can do all the above cleanly and to a tempo of at least 160bpm and i will give you some more good slap exercises.

And please do not listen to people who tell you to play RHCP songs to learn slap, they aint got a clue about teaching bass.

Good luck bro. And remember, good slapping (and i mean GOOD) takes years to master, just like all the other techniques do.

Do not rush!!
#10
If you really need some direction you could try to pick up "Mel Bay's Slappin' A complete study of slap technique for bass", its what i used to learn and it really helped
#11
Search for Dans Ultimate Guide to Slapping...or something along those lines, it told you so much slapping and was so specific the post will actually come out and slap your bass for you.
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#12
Quote by hatebreed219
Search for Dans Ultimate Guide to Slapping...or something along those lines, it told you so much slapping and was so specific the post will actually come out and slap your bass for you.

You mean "Everything you wanted to know about Slap, but were afraid to search"?

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=198631


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#13
No, I mean other rediculously long slap themed thread Dan made.


Just kidding!

That's the one, thanks Incubus.

So yeah, anyway, if you read that you will indeed know everything about slapping and then some.
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#14
Er, i dont think so. How long has Dan been slapping? Why do people think Dan is some bass God? His tutorial is far from extensive
#15
^ I don't think he is a bass God, BUT, I do think that the tutorial is excellent for beginner slappers, it's detailed, has a lot of information about FAQS that we always used to hear about slapping before he made the tutorial.
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#16
Quote by Applehead
Er, i dont think so. How long has Dan been slapping? Why do people think Dan is some bass God? His tutorial is far from extensive

If you can find a better beginner slap FAQ on Ultimate Guitar, then feel free to hand over the link.


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#17
slapping just takes practice. but make sure your hand is positioned in the right way
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