Slap It! Funk Studies for the Electric BassHere are some answers to frequently asked questions about Slap It!:

Here are my answers to some frequently asked questions.

I hope you will find some helpful information here. If you have a question about Slap It! that is not answered here feel free to ask via email.

  • Equipment Answers:
  • What bass did you use to record the examples?

    1972 Fender Precision Bass with Bartolini pickups and a custom active circuit designed and installed by HAZ labs.

  • What kind of strings do you use?

    At the time the original recordings were done I think I was using Roto-Sound strings. It was fmore than 20 years ago, but I think that's right.

    When the additional examples were recorded for the 25th Anniversary Edition of Slap It! in the summer of 2005, I used Ken Smith Strings (Round Wound Mediums).

  • How was your bass recorded?

    For both sessions I recorded via a direct box. No amplifier was used.

  • Slap Technique and other playing Answers:
  • What is the best slap bass technique?

    There is no "best" technique. Whatever works for you and sounds funky is cool.

    That said, the technique I use, and write about in my book, works well for me, and has worked for many of my students.

    I would suggest trying as many techniques as you're able to, and then decide which is most comfortable for you. Maybe you'll invent your own. This is what I had to do, since I didn't know anyone who could play slap bass when I was figuring it out. Luckily for you there are now many good books and videos on the subject.

  • How do you wear your bass?

    Most players, if they saw me play, would probably say I wear my bass in a high position. I wear my bass with a strap that keeps the bass suspended off my lap when I'm seated. This way when I'm seated or standing the bass is in about the same position.

  • How do you play double stops when they are popped? (for example exercises 47 & 48 in the new edition of Slap It!).

    I pop the chord note on the D string with my first finger and the chord note on the G string with my second finger.

    On the downstroke before the first chord my first finger goes between the D and G string, and my second finger goes into position below the G string. That way on the up stroke I can pop with both fingers.

    This works if you're playing with a technique similar to what I describe in the book.


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