What's the best action for slap?

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Re: What's the best action for slap?

Post by Jazzbass » Sun Nov 11, 2007 4:05 pm

Hey, I've still got the bit of shaped rubber that was glued under the bridge cover on my Precision. I took it off pretty soon after I got it, 'cos in those days I was young and silly and wanted bright :)

Now, 35 years later its shrivelled up like a mummy. (I'm talking about the rubber mute, you dirty smeggers... LOL)

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Re: What's the best action for slap?

Post by john » Sun Nov 11, 2007 4:23 pm

Jazzbass wrote: Now, 35 years later its shrivelled up like a mummy. (I'm talking about the rubber mute, you dirty smeggers... LOL)


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Re: ?

Post by bassnut14 » Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:58 pm

definite wrote:
timi wrote:The best action for slapping is to not slap at all :wink:
i don't get the 'anti-slap' sentiments, it seems pretty common in bass player forums :?: - personally i wonder how you could not like slapping! when done well its awesome and just elevates the bass as an instrument to another level. its that chance for the bass to hump your face and freak your mind at the same time! :lol:

im asking for trouble with this, but i wonder sometimes if the people who hate on 'slappers' (lol) do so cos they cant do it themselves?! :wink:
because most cannot play well or tastefully though I must say it feels really nice and comfortable.

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Re: What's the best action for slap?

Post by pins » Tue Jul 06, 2010 8:51 pm

an old thread dragged up there bassnut ! good topic though.
I have spent hours and hours practicing to slap efficiently over 20 years of bass playing,and you know what I still couldnt slap my way out of a paper bag.
I reckon you either "have it" or you dont,and in my case I dont,but my bass playing in general is nothing flash either. :lol:
Still cant figure out how some are so deadly with a pick for that matter :shock:

I love to hear others slap,it sounds cool,funky and rhythmic.In my case the best action for slap is no action. :wink:

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Re: What's the best action for slap?

Post by beagle » Thu Jul 08, 2010 12:37 am

Yeah now that's a very old thread. I'm content to say I'm not much better at it than when I started the topic! Always sounds better when other people do it ;-)
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Re: What's the best action for slap?

Post by sonicfantom » Thu Aug 05, 2010 1:08 am

More thread life!

I've never tried slapping with high action, because my Jazz is quite low for slick playing. You can probably dig in more, though, since the string's got more room to vibrate without hitting the heel of your neck. IMHO, low is better, especially for popping (don't want to drag those D & G strings any further than you need to).

I play slap for fun at home, when I play at church it's always finger.

Exception: During winter I use picks. Me hands have bad circulation :(
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Re: What's the best action for slap?

Post by ryla » Fri Aug 06, 2010 12:10 pm

ive tried and tried but i'm no slapper.

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Re: What's the best action for slap?

Post by model.citizen » Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:49 am

i am an epic FAIL when it comes to slap...not that i've really put that many serious yards into learning "properly".

i find i can get any tone and speed i need from my fingers, even the poor pick has been relegated to the parts bin. :D
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Re: What's the best action for slap?

Post by foal30 » Sun Aug 08, 2010 12:39 pm

and there in lies the answer
slapping the bass is just another technique, not a style
like any technique 'form' it requires practice to be proficient at
so if you want to slap the bass you can, you just practice.
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Re: What's the best action for slap?

Post by thenewguy » Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:49 am

foal30 wrote:and there in lies the answer
slapping the bass is just another technique, not a style
like any technique 'form' it requires practice to be proficient at
so if you want to slap the bass you can, you just practice.

I agree and i think if you'd like to make a career out of music you should learn all the techniques for the instrument Slap, Finger, Pick etc... same should be said for things like soloing you would never meet a pianist who could comp but not solo.

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Re: What's the best action for slap?

Post by ryla » Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:09 am

I should qualify my earlier post by saying I can slap ok, but the tone/sound I get just doesnt seem to cut through - I have a couple of occasions over a gig where I slap and on both occasions I revert to fingerstyle so I dont fade in the mix.

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Re: What's the best action for slap?

Post by foal30 » Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:39 am

Nev, why is this?

if it's a soundman thing I generally say on cuts #3, 8, 10 etc I'm using wah or flange or slapping , whatever. prepare them for the different tones

if it's on stage, your amp work it out at band practice. i hate the tonal drop out live :evil:
sometimes I have a pedal specifically for eqing problems.
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Re: What's the best action for slap?

Post by ryla » Wed Aug 11, 2010 2:18 pm

OK I'll revisit this, I'll try the contour button on the GK and/or try the thunderguts toggle switch on my bass and see what happens,let you know how that goes.

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Re: What's the best action for slap?

Post by foal30 » Wed Aug 11, 2010 8:51 pm

if the thunderguts is the mid-boost piledriver ala what's on my MTD
it'll cut through alright :D
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Re: What's the best action for slap?

Post by ryla » Thu Aug 12, 2010 8:39 am

It is indeed the mid boost - not playing till the 21st so let you you know how it goes then (I.ll put in a concerted and extended effort testing my slap tone and I'll even put in some honest practice to with it to give it my best shot, my favourite slap song we cover is the obscure "Strip me naked" by Carlos Santana and John Lee Hooker.

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