Re: Slap Bass Setup/Technique Questions

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Posted by Alan on July 19, 2001 at 23:37:19:

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

: All I wanna do is funk up da place...

: I just starting out playing bass, been teaching myself how to read music and practicing as much as possible, not enough though.
: My main ambition for bass is to be able to play some funky, slap bass type basslines. I've been learning the bass part from "Higher
: Ground" by Stevie/RHCP and I think I must be doing something wrong. To get any sound out of my bass I have to beat the hell out of
: it and it still doesn't sound right. I live in Chicago and I go see live performers as much as possible. I particularly watch the bass
: players to see how they work and when someone is playing slap bass and jammin all over the place with sixteenth notes it looks like
: the he/she is hardly working! Their thumbs barely seem to move and I'm slamming my hand all over the place.

- You should experiment slapping at different places and see which position is comfortable for you coz one technique might work for one player but not necessarily for you. Try hitting the strings a few centimeters away from the last fret as slapping close to the frets might sometimes produces unwanted harmonics. Also, many players wear their basses quite high so they can get good control so you may also want to try this out.You can dial up a good slap tone by using both pickups as using only one or the other might not give a clear sound.Don't use flatwounds for slapping.They sound dead! Check the guage of your strings. They might be too heavy for you; try lighter guage strings starting at 40-45 for the g string.This might help you relax a bit as heavier strings will make minced-meat out of your slapping hand, especially when popping! Also check out THE SLAP BASS PROGRAM by Alexis Sklarevski - its a good video on slap technique with lots of exercises.Good luck!

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