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Re: Slap Bass Thumb Problem

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Posted by Jim Lee on March 17, 2002 at 03:59:40:

In Reply to: Re: Slap Bass Thumb Problem posted by junior costa on September 24, 2000 at 22:00:09:


I sometimes find it helps when you flick your wrist in a twisting motion...kind of like turning a doorknob. Let your wrist pivot action do all the work.

Another thing you want to consider is where you smack the string... I like to hit right where the fretboard meets the body.

The angle of your thumb makes a difference too. For instance, some people slap with their thumb pointed towards the ground, and others with their thumbs up. I like to thump the string somewhere in between. This is probably the biggest factor according to your problem below.

Generally, you shouldn't have too much soreness...this may be an indication that you're using a rubbing motion on the strings, as opposed to a smacking/thumping strike.

Anyway, I hope this helps...I currently have a slap bass riffs video tutorial available at features a play-by-ear system that a lot of bass players really seem to like.

Best wishes,

Jim Lee

: : I bought a book with a CD by Tony Oppenheim on Slap bass technique but I'm

: : having a real hard time making it work. I can slap the E string pretty well

: : with my thumb, but when I try to slap the other strings I can't get a very

: : full sound. For instance, when I strike the A string my thumb either jams

: : in between the A and E strings (causing the A string to mute instead of

: : producing a full sound), or it bounces off the top of the A string and has

: : a thin, weak sound. If I slap the A string with the tip of my thumb it works

: : better, but it doesn't seem like the proper way to do it. Plus my thumb gets

: : bright red and sore in about 5 minutes. I don't have any trouble doing the

: : finger pop. I play a Fender Jazz bass. Any advice?

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