Posted by Nigel on August 16, 2000 at 05:53:25:
In Reply to: Slap bass technique posted by mike glaze on January 14, 2000 at 11:24:50:
I've been playing for over ten years and I'm still learning.
I play with my slapping hand opened out - this does 2 things: first it counter balances the thumb so your slapping hand can bounce back and forth more easily - having your hand clenched makes it unsteady for repeated slapping, also, having the hand open means your fingers are already poised to pop the strings - otherwise it would require two movements to pop.
I wouldn't concentrate too hard on pointing your thumb parallel with the strings - do whatever feels most comfortable. I have my thumb at roughly 45 degrees, striking across the string. And slapping does come mainly from the wrist - start trying to use your arm to deliver the thumb to the string and your slapping hand becomes unstable.
For come good workouts check out some early Mark King.
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