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Re: Slap Bass Setup/Technique Questions

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Posted by B;isshead on July 19, 2001 at 23:29:09:

In Reply to: Slap Bass Setup/Technique Questions posted by Kevbo on July 19, 2001 at 16:02:56:

: 1. What do I do with my slapping hand? Should I keep it off the body or plant my palm on the body?

-----Keep it off the body.

: 2. Where should I slap the string with my thumb? I read that I should do this on last fret on the neck (24th) but I've seen pro's hit
: strings at different places.

----you get different sound by hitting different places, there's nop right or wrong answer to that.

: 3. Is slapping easier with different types of strings? Like flatwounds?

-----I don't personally like flatwounds for slap, they seem, well, flat.

: 4. Is it there any advantage to using the bridge or neck pickup more?

----Depends on the bass and where you are slapping it. Find the sound you want, then leave it.

: 5. Anyone know a good slapping excercise to help improve my speed and precision?

---Victor Wooten has some cool lessons on his site (see the bass players section, has lots of lessons as well. There are a couple of videos out that are supposed to be pretty good, Bill Dickens has one, Stu Hamm has one. The best thing you could possible do though is to find a teacher. has a lot of good stuff.

: Thanks, beam me up Bootsie

---Welcome. Good luck -B

: Kev

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