Re: Slap Bass Thumb Problem

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Posted by Joey on September 28, 2000 at 12:51:51:

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

About slapping the A string, where do you slap it? On top of the pick up, close to the bridge or at the very bottom of the fretboard? I actually have an easier time slapping and popping on the A string. My friend taught a while ago to slap on the very bottom of the fret board. The part of my thumb that usually hits it is right by my knuckle. If you keep your wrist loosened up when you slap it should work....slapping on the bottom of the fretboard will give you a very solid beefy sound. Anyone other questions drop me an


: : 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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