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ObiSobi 02-26-2008 06:39 PM

Funk Bass: Slapping or Popping?
 
Question to all fellow bass guitarists:

Do you prefer to slap or pop anything below E (the largest string). I myself find popping much easier.

Seltzer 02-26-2008 11:34 PM

I find it easier to pop D and G strings, but that's coming from someone who doesn't use those techniques very often at all, so I'm not good at them. I've always preferred funky fingerstyle grooves like Battlestar Scralatchtica.

tkpb938 02-27-2008 07:58 PM

Usually I use them in combination i.e. one right after another quickly.

EVAD 04-04-2008 06:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by berlisishott (Post 448013)
Question to all fellow bass guitarists:

Do you prefer to slap or pop anything below E (the largest string). I myself find popping much easier.

I find it hard to get a good tone if you slap on anything but the E string. I was using this technique quite a bit in the early 90s. I was just starting to get good at it when it went out of style.

EVAD

mosesandtherubberducky 04-04-2008 07:26 PM

I can't pop for sh*t so I have to slap everything, and slapping G doesn't have the same effect as E or A. Also I'm screwed when I play a 5 string because then the strings crowd in and I don't have ample slappage room

mr dave 04-04-2008 07:43 PM

the funkiest bass i've heard has ALWAYS been fingerstyle. not slapping and popping. bootsy collins - fingerstyle. jaco pastorius - fingerstyle. - james jamerson - fingerstyle. flea's funkiest lines have always been when he relaxed and played with his fingers.

as far as the technique goes. i never saw the need to slap on any but the E or A strings. you also have to tweak your tone quite a bit to get it to sound decent. cut lows, boost mids.

the ONLY time i slap and pop now is if i feel like messing up the groove to 'higher ground' for poops and giggles between jams with my friends.

spook 06-20-2008 02:20 PM

Neither, I'm not a percussion player,I'm A BASS PLAYER!

littleknowitall 07-17-2008 08:39 AM

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Originally Posted by spook (Post 491873)
Neither, I'm not a percussion player,I'm A BASS PLAYER!

Those two things co-incide with each other, the bass generally is a very percussive instrument that I have found to be dumbed down in the world of modern music.
To completely dismiss an entire technique is a bit absurd really, I try to encompass every technique a bass has to offer because where as most people make the mistake of invisioning this instrument being simple to play there's a vast choice of techniques you can use when playing the bass and the slap and pop technique is not only a very popular one but when played right is probably the best technique a bass has to offer in my mind, it seperates bass from any other instrument realistically, except for those poncy percussion acoustic guitarists. It also can be played in many mamy many different ways, It can be agressive but can also be quite soft and melodic (believe it or not). It's a very complex and unique technique that can produce some beautifull pieces when played right.

spook 07-17-2008 11:29 AM

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Originally Posted by littleknowitall (Post 498316)
Those two things co-incide with each other, the bass generally is a very percussive instrument that I have found to be dumbed down in the world of modern music.
To completely dismiss an entire technique is a bit absurd really, I try to encompass every technique a bass has to offer because where as most people make the mistake of invisioning this instrument being simple to play there's a vast choice of techniques you can use when playing the bass and the slap and pop technique is not only a very popular one but when played right is probably the best technique a bass has to offer in my mind, it seperates bass from any other instrument realistically, except for those poncy percussion acoustic guitarists. It also can be played in many mamy many different ways, It can be agressive but can also be quite soft and melodic (believe it or not). It's a very complex and unique technique that can produce some beautifull pieces when played right.

Point taken, but for me, I just hate it, (Before you ask, I played sessions for 10 years, so have the technique down to a decent standard), it leaves me cold, and seemingly a majority of bass players below 40 have jumped on the bandwagon, to the detriment of melody and harmony.
Personally, I don't think Flea is that great a player, and certainly shouldn't deserve a mention in the same breath as Jaco, Billy Sheehan, Jack Bruce, etc.
(Bet that rattles some cages!:rofl:)

Seltzer 07-20-2008 04:42 AM

Flea's non-slapped parts are just as good as his slapped ones IMO.


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