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Posted by Jared S. on September 10, 2000 at 12:03:00:
In Reply to: Re: Trouble Slapping 5 Strings posted by Jack Daniel on August 17, 2000 at 07:30:53:
I think Jack Daniels is right. A lot of the other replys were answering you to tell you to buy new equipment. I'm sorry but that is bs. The key isn't buying new equipment. Just b/c you buy a 3600 dollar warwick dolphin pro V doesn't mean you're going to be able to paly any better. You can't buy technique. Slapping takes dedication and practice. You might want to try some exercises that are real easy. When you pick up after you warm up and are going to mess around with some funky stuff. Warm up your thumb with a 60 bpm constant slap. Just keep on hitting the string until you get a full sound out of it. Try then on every string. 1-5. Then do them in in 1/8s (to slaps per second) and 1/16s (4 slaps per second. If this is too fast it's ok to slow it down. You can always speed it up later when you accomplish your desired sound.) Then try triplets and so on. Then every time you slap, switch strings. This will help you to develop solid sound, strong technique and get you where you need to be with slapping on a V string. Happy Thumping!
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