Can you slap an upright bass?

Can you slap an upright bass?

Slapping and popping are ways to produce percussive sounds on a stringed instrument. It is primarily used on the double bass or bass guitar. On bass guitars, this is commonly done with the thumb, while on double bass, the edge of the hand or index finger may be used.

Is it bad to slap a bass?

Slapping can sound really bad on old, dead strings. A lot of the slap sound comes from the zing of fresh new strings and when you’re getting started as a beginner bass player, you’re likely to get frustrated that it doesn’t sound like you want it to.

Can you slap on every bass?

While it’s physically possible to slap on almost any bass (one would be hard pressed to accomplish good slap bass on Jamerson’s high action p-bass with really old strings) tone one will get slapping is specific to the rig one is playing. Some say p-basses sound terrible for slap.

Do you need a slap bass to slap?

Do you have to have slap strings to play slap bass, or do they just sound better? Yes. Slap bass is a technique that requires you to slap the strings. If you simply pluck the strings, this is normal bass playing.

What is a good bass for slapping?

Some basses are not really appropriate for a bass slap tone (for example any semi acoustic basses) while others excel in reaching that type of sound in an easier way. The jazz bass, as used by Marcus Miller, the stingray bass often used by Flea or Louis Johnson and many others can be an excellent choice.

Who is the best slap bass player?

Mark King. The guy who put the slap in pop during the 80s, Mark King did it all while fronting Level 42. Check out Lessons In Love for a classic example of King’s slap technique – the constant bah bah bah rhythm demonstrating his ability to take a more mechanical, sequencer style approach.

Can you slap on a passive bass?

Yes. Any passive jazz or P/J usually sounds good slapped.

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