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Posted by Bobby S on September 18, 2000 at 14:25:54:

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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