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Play Slap Bass

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==Steps==
 
==Steps==
 
===Learning Basic Form===
 
===Learning Basic Form===
#Practice your form before you pick up the bass. If you’re new to slap bass techniques, it’s best to practice the basic slapping motion before you start playing the instrument. Familiarize yourself with the new form, and internalize the slap techniques before you start attempting new licks.<ref>https://ift.tt/391BRkh>[[Image:Play Slap Bass Step 1 Version 4.jpg|center]]
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#Practice your form before you pick up the bass. If you’re new to slap bass techniques, it’s best to practice the basic slapping motion before you start playing the instrument. Familiarize yourself with the new form, and internalize the slap techniques before you start attempting new licks.[[Image:Play Slap Bass Step 1 Version 4.jpg|center]]
#Form a loose “thumbs up” fist with your dominant hand. To play slap bass, hold your fingers in a loose fist and stick your thumb up. Your playing hand will maintain this position whenever you play slap bass.<ref>https://ift.tt/391BRkh>[[Image:Play Slap Bass Step 2 Version 4.jpg|center]]
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#Form a loose “thumbs up” fist with your dominant hand. To play slap bass, hold your fingers in a loose fist and stick your thumb up. Your playing hand will maintain this position whenever you play slap bass.[[Image:Play Slap Bass Step 2 Version 4.jpg|center]]
#Rotate your hand from the wrist and forearm. With your thumb still extended up, practice turning your wrist several times, as though you were turning a doorknob. Focus on turning your wrist while keeping the rest of your arm still. When you play slap bass, your sound should come entirely from this basic rotating motion.<ref>https://ift.tt/391BRkh>[[Image:Play Slap Bass Step 3 Version 4.jpg|center]]
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#Rotate your hand from the wrist and forearm. With your thumb still extended up, practice turning your wrist several times, as though you were turning a doorknob. Focus on turning your wrist while keeping the rest of your arm still. When you play slap bass, your sound should come entirely from this basic rotating motion.[[Image:Play Slap Bass Step 3 Version 4.jpg|center]]
#Practice flicking your thumb. Flick your thumb in a smooth motion back and forth as an extension of the rotating motion in your wrist. When you play, this turning-and-flicking motion will allow your thumb to hit and bounce off the strings. This causes the strings to bounce off the bass frets, producing the “slap” sound.<ref>https://ift.tt/391BRkh>[[Image:Play Slap Bass Step 4 Version 5.jpg|center]]
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#Practice flicking your thumb. Flick your thumb in a smooth motion back and forth as an extension of the rotating motion in your wrist. When you play, this turning-and-flicking motion will allow your thumb to hit and bounce off the strings. This causes the strings to bounce off the bass frets, producing the “slap” sound.[[Image:Play Slap Bass Step 4 Version 5.jpg|center]]
 
#Rest your non-dominant hand on the neck of the bass. While you're starting out, you'll want to use your non-dominant hand to stabilize the instrument. Later, you'll use this hand to incorporate damping techniques. In general, you should be [[Hold a Guitar|holding your bass]] as you normally would. [[Image:Play Slap Bass Step 5 Version 4.jpg|center]]
 
#Rest your non-dominant hand on the neck of the bass. While you're starting out, you'll want to use your non-dominant hand to stabilize the instrument. Later, you'll use this hand to incorporate damping techniques. In general, you should be [[Hold a Guitar|holding your bass]] as you normally would. [[Image:Play Slap Bass Step 5 Version 4.jpg|center]]
 
===Slapping Open Notes===
 
===Slapping Open Notes===
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#Keep slapping open strings until you create a consistent slap sound. This basic playing motion in your wrist and thumb will be the mainspring for slap bass licks. Therefore, it’s important to feel comfortable with the form and technique with your thumb against open notes before you move on to more complicated techniques.<ref>http://www.learntoplaymusic.com/blog/slap-bass-technique/</ref>[[Image:Play Slap Bass Step 9 Version 2.jpg|center]]
 
#Keep slapping open strings until you create a consistent slap sound. This basic playing motion in your wrist and thumb will be the mainspring for slap bass licks. Therefore, it’s important to feel comfortable with the form and technique with your thumb against open notes before you move on to more complicated techniques.<ref>http://www.learntoplaymusic.com/blog/slap-bass-technique/</ref>[[Image:Play Slap Bass Step 9 Version 2.jpg|center]]
 
===Damping and Popping Notes===
 
===Damping and Popping Notes===
#Use your left hand to dampen notes on the fretboard. Once you’ve gotten the hang of playing open slap notes, you can start controlling the length and tones of the notes by using your left hand to dampen the strings after they’ve hit the fretboard. After you strike a note with your right thumb, practice damping the note by lightly pressing the fleshy part of your left fingers over the open note.<ref>https://ift.tt/391BRkh>[[Image:Play Slap Bass Step 10 Version 2.jpg|center]]
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#Use your left hand to dampen notes on the fretboard. Once you’ve gotten the hang of playing open slap notes, you can start controlling the length and tones of the notes by using your left hand to dampen the strings after they’ve hit the fretboard. After you strike a note with your right thumb, practice damping the note by lightly pressing the fleshy part of your left fingers over the open note.[[Image:Play Slap Bass Step 10 Version 2.jpg|center]]
 
#Practice slapping and damping to create a rhythm. Start with a simple, repetitive rhythm, starting with one note at a time to get used to slapping and damping at the same time. For example, if you're playing a rhythm with four beats, try slapping notes with your right thumb on beats one and three, and damping those notes with the fingers of your left hand on beats two and four.<ref>http://www.learntoplaymusic.com/blog/slap-bass-technique/</ref>[[Image:Play Slap Bass Step 11 Version 2.jpg|center]]
 
#Practice slapping and damping to create a rhythm. Start with a simple, repetitive rhythm, starting with one note at a time to get used to slapping and damping at the same time. For example, if you're playing a rhythm with four beats, try slapping notes with your right thumb on beats one and three, and damping those notes with the fingers of your left hand on beats two and four.<ref>http://www.learntoplaymusic.com/blog/slap-bass-technique/</ref>[[Image:Play Slap Bass Step 11 Version 2.jpg|center]]
 
#Position your right index and/or middle fingers under the strings. Popping is the final component of slap bass playing technique, and involves pulling up on the strings to produce twangy sounds that compliment your slaps. While slapping the strings with your thumb, keep your fingers underneath the strings to add popping to your licks.<ref>http://www.learntoplaymusic.com/blog/slap-bass-technique/</ref>[[Image:Play Slap Bass Step 12 Version 2.jpg|center]]
 
#Position your right index and/or middle fingers under the strings. Popping is the final component of slap bass playing technique, and involves pulling up on the strings to produce twangy sounds that compliment your slaps. While slapping the strings with your thumb, keep your fingers underneath the strings to add popping to your licks.<ref>http://www.learntoplaymusic.com/blog/slap-bass-technique/</ref>[[Image:Play Slap Bass Step 12 Version 2.jpg|center]]
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*Play as much as possible to develop a callous on your thumb and popping finger. Your fingers will hurt at first, but you'll get used to it.
 
*Play as much as possible to develop a callous on your thumb and popping finger. Your fingers will hurt at first, but you'll get used to it.
 
*Check out some good slap bass artists for inspiration, including Les Claypool from Primus, Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fieldy from Korn,  and Emma Anzai from Sick Puppies.
 
*Check out some good slap bass artists for inspiration, including Les Claypool from Primus, Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fieldy from Korn,  and Emma Anzai from Sick Puppies.
*It’s easier to get the bright, slapping sound you hear from big-name slap bass players when you play on new strings as opposed to old ones. If you’re having trouble getting a slap sound from your bass, consider changing your strings.<ref>https://ift.tt/391BRkh>
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*It’s easier to get the bright, slapping sound you hear from big-name slap bass players when you play on new strings as opposed to old ones. If you’re having trouble getting a slap sound from your bass, consider changing your strings.
*To master the slap bass, it’s important to start slow while you learn the basics. Once you’re able to get a clean, consistent slap sound while incorporating damping and popping techniques, you’ll be able to move on to faster tempos and rhythms without compromising your sound.<ref>https://ift.tt/391BRkh>
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*To master the slap bass, it’s important to start slow while you learn the basics. Once you’re able to get a clean, consistent slap sound while incorporating damping and popping techniques, you’ll be able to move on to faster tempos and rhythms without compromising your sound.
   
 
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