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#1
Ok, who here slaps like textbook style (As everyone says you should) Or who does what they feel comfortable with?

I actually do this weird thing. I litterally slap the string, liek my girlfriend. Im alot slower going to pop, but its comfortable for me, and I can do it loudly. Any one else do it like this?
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I litterally slap the string, liek my girlfriend.


Do you wear a wife beater shirt while doing that?
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#3
You'd be much better off with a better thumb technique - much more controlled and faster.
#6
If it's a serious question, then yeah I do it differently... I relax my thumb and whiplash it. Most people keep their thumb extremely stiff. I started on an acoustic playing rhythm so I pull my thumb back and make a rhythm strum motion, but at the end of the "strum", my thumb whiplashes forward and hits the string. Doing it "textbook style" seems so mechanical and unnatural to me.
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I could never get that down.
Then you need practice. Honestly, it's worth it.
#13
Check out youtube for lessons, there's alot of slapping stuff there.
#14
i do it open handed like flea (still with thumb obviously) rather than the 'textbook' technique
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I thump with my entire hand completely rigid.

and I sometimes will pop with both my fore and middle finger at the same time.
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#16
I use a fairly textbook technique these days, I used to play more like flea but I value control of power these days.
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#17
i've tried to get into it, but playing it comfortably is somewhat inefficient, and playing "properly" leaves my thumb way too stiff. Not to mention, a lot of time i hear slap bass and it just sounds like mud.

Now i'm not hating on people with good slap technique or who like slap, but its just not my thing. I saw return to forever last night, and Stanley Clarke was amazing...however, he started machine-gun slapping. He really should have just sat down and played a drum solo. Like i'm serious, complete mud. I respect him as a player, as a composer, and all around musician. I think he's ridiculously talented and stuff, but...

...completely muddy slap bass solo.
#18
i slap flea style but my bass teacher said the textbook style is more 'economical', you'll loose less stamina or something doing textbook style

i think how low you want to have your bass when you stand up
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#19
I can't do the textbook slap, and it makes me sad, so I play more like Flea,and yep,my slap technique is pretty rubbish, I dont have enough control and stuff,meaning I cant play the fast slap licks I love

In my defense I have no hand-eye co-ordination,lol, but yeah,I keep trying to do the proper technique,maybe I'll get it one day,though for now Im concentrating on my finger playing,left hand technique and learning with a pick,which I find IMPOSSIBLE
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lol yeah i cant pick for **** aswell

but theres nothing wrong with slapping like flea, i mean he could slap fast aswell

just keep working on it (Y)
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lol yeah i cant pick for **** aswell

but theres nothing wrong with slapping like flea, i mean he could slap fast aswell

just keep working on it (Y)


Yeah I will, but since slap is something I do in my own time, that doesn't really fit in with my band,Im concentrating on my other techniques atm, at home though I slap all the time, just badly

and yeah Flea plays fast, but my stamina is crap, and only got worse this year with glandular fever deciding to eat all my muscle,even though it wasnt enough to cover a small rivita...slowly building back up though
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I do it open handed as well, I feel retarded doing with a fist-like thingo happening..
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#23
yeah same here i cant pop properly with the fist aaction
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#24
I am no slap genius by any definition, but I tend to do it textbook style. It helps to maintains stamina and make a more efficient and faster transition to the pop. Also if you mix the style up with funk fingerstyle or flamenco style strumming, its easier to transition from one style to the other if your hand is not as open or stiff. Your thumb should be loose like a drummer holds a drum stick; you get a nice percussive sound that way.
#25
I'm confused by this "textbook" slap technique.

Can someone explain it to me?
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I think they mean the thumb parallel to the strings thing.


Rather than what?

Because I've never seen anyone slap in any other way. Flea, Mark King, Marcus Miller, Wooten, all of them slap with the thumb parallel to the string...

As an edit, I think I should make this clear - No one slaps with their thumb perfectly parallel to the string (Apart from Les Claypool, who's a weirdo). Some bend it back, like Mark King, or Stuart Zender, or Wooten, and some bend it forward, like Flea.
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Yes he does..I'd find a video, but I am off to work. Someone else can post up for me.
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This way. With the thumb parallel and the hand cupped.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=j2_SreKsg2k


That is the oddest slap technique I've ever seen.

For example, look at Mark King in this video:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=yioVmqlt2Fk

That is my slap technique, or mine is a lot closer to that.

That Larry Graham style seems incredibly inefficient if you ask me.
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#33
Absolutely. Provides more speed overall for me.

In fact, watching Larry Graham's style - it seems most similar to Flea's out of everyone I've watched.
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#34
yeah, Delirium knows what he's talking about here.

I rarely slap, as I grew up on generic alt rock and excessive slap style doesn't really please my ears even as I've broadened out into a much much wider variety of music. When I do binge on little octave riffs, slaughtering this technique, I go "textbook" but the speed thing is a moot point for me anyway, as somehow my doublethump instantly disapears with my thumb refusing to catch strings on the upward movement whenever I try to add any speed at all.

I don't know how anyone can hook their thumb enough to really pronounce the upward stroke and still move quickly enough to pull off the over the top a-musical mess that gets everyone in the crowd going "OMG L33t slappin!" Maybe I'll have to dedicate August to slap practice.
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Flea plays with his thumb down like in this video http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=vB-BTBCZvHI

Larry Graham and Mark King seem to have a very similar style from what I can see but Graham and Flea seem very different.


The way I see it, Flea and Graham both have a fairly open hand style. They attack with quite a bit of agression (from Tams video).

Mark King's hand is just a fist with his thumb sticking out, very closed.
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#38
I also don't see how thumb position will make all that much of a huge difference compared to hand position and where your arm is to be honest.
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#39
i slap open handed like flea and larry graham but with my hand almost totally relaxed and my thumb at a 45 degree down angle to the strings.

i find playing open handed much better for me than closed handed becaus with the open handed technique i can alternate my popping between my index, middle and sometimes ring fingers.

i totally agree with chris i don't see how thumb position makes all that much difference as long as you're hitting only the strings you want to hit.
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i slap open handed like flea and larry graham but with my hand almost totally relaxed and my thumb at a 45 degree down angle to the strings.

i find playing open handed much better for me than closed handed becaus with the open handed technique i can alternate my popping between my index, middle and sometimes ring fingers.

i totally agree with chris i don't see how thumb position makes all that much difference as long as you're hitting only the strings you want to hit.


With your thumb completely down, it makes it trickier to do quick alternates between slaps and pops, while with the thumb more parallel, it has a smoother transition, giving you a bit more efficiency.
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