#1
Ok, so I can hold my own with slap bass, nothing spectacular but I can make it sound groovy.

HOWEVER, I keep hearing some slap bass solos in which the 'tap-tap-tap' noise of the strings striking the fretboard (hopefully you know what noise I mean) is crazily fast. When I'm slapping I can't get my thumb moving that fast and the bassists don't do it either, when I watch vids of bassists doing it, then it seems like they're hitting the strings with their thumb but also with their fingers, giving them the faster tapping noise.

Is this what they're actually doing, or am I missing something here?

Thanks guys!
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#3
How? I really don't see how it's possible to slap, like, 8-12 notes per second like that... most of it is muted strings btw...
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#6
if you slap then do a hard mute and repeat this again and again and fast enough it will sound more like your're simply slapping twice as fast. Maybe that's what you're seeing to some extent.
Last edited by dullsilver_mike at Oct 19, 2007,
#7
Yeah, It's not ALL in the thumb. The left hand is hitting the strings percussively to produce the double slap effect.
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#8
Ok I thought it would be something like that...thanks guys!
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#9
maybe it's double thumping (that's what my bass teacher calls it anyway)
it's basically a slap and a pop with your thumb. it's quite similar to doing a down strum and then an upstrum with a plectrum...except you do it with your thumb...it's quite hard to explain in words haha. victor wooten uses it a lot, try youtube or something.
once you start to do it well you can double your normal speed (since it's 2 notes instead of 1)
Last edited by Gruff at Oct 19, 2007,
#10
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if you slap then do a hard mute and repeat this again and again and fast enough it will sound more like your're simply slapping twice as fast. Maybe that's what you're seeing to some extent.

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I think you're talking double-thumping. Check out Classical Thump or Country Song.
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#11
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Yeah, It's not ALL in the thumb. The left hand is hitting the strings percussively to produce the double slap effect.



sorry victor wooten
#13
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Maybe they're alternating muted slaps and pops?


I'd say its a mix of mutes and double-thumping. Hit the string with your thumb on the way back up (almost like a pick). It takes sooo much practice to get right, but its worth leaning.
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#14
They way I do it is pop (index, then ring if its super fast), then slap the strings against the fretboard with my left hand then with my thumb. Then repeat it
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#15
Slapping.

Popping.

Left hand slapping (a la Les Claypool).

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