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Old 2006-11-04, 10:00
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alex webster slaps all the time anyways.....
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Old 2006-11-05, 06:03
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Old 2006-11-05, 19:08
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Old 2006-11-06, 10:35
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why arent bass solos cool?
have you heard only ash remains?
most of you think slap is overrated and over used because it IS.
the mainstream bassists slap about 4 notes in a song and all of the sudden, the media turns them into a sudo bass god.

example: mudvayne - dig

good song, but the slapping in it is stupid and not needed. it could easily be strummed.
if you want propper slap that wont bore you to sleep, try primus or any funk.


good point, very good, and only a guitar player would say bass solos arent cool, because they don't understand the low end!
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Old 2006-11-08, 09:14
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Anyway, i'm not a bassist myself, but I agree that slapping is often an overused techinque. But it is somewhat interesting when applied to electric guitar...I don't understand why more people don't slap, especially in metal. You can get some pretty funky harmonics from slapping....not really a good technique to coast on, but nice for adding little textures to passages.

Actually, I think that can really be applied to any technique. Everything in moderation. Slap Bass is fine as long as it's not your main thing... Whats the point of playing an instrument if you're not going to be a well rounded player? It's pretty much the same with guitar, it would be pretty boring if everyone did tapping all the time.


i dont know tapping is pretty stinkin fun.
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I saw and heard Alex webster slapping exactly one time, which was on the Wretched Spawn DVD perfomring a bass solo.




Topic: I do not understand why so many bassists start slapping as soon as they have to play some octaves, no matter whether the sound fits or not.
For some Groove Parts i play typewriter style, which is similiar to slapping, but not as "twingy".
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Old 2006-11-09, 18:00
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I dont play bass, but i see some of you mentioning like bass solos. I gotta say the intro to NIB with or without distortion was DAMN GOOD! I was impressed however i'm sure you guys have heard better.
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Old 2006-11-09, 18:24
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I saw and heard Alex webster slapping exactly one time, which was on the Wretched Spawn DVD perfomring a bass solo.




Topic: I do not understand why so many bassists start slapping as soon as they have to play some octaves, no matter whether the sound fits or not.
For some Groove Parts i play typewriter style, which is similiar to slapping, but not as "twingy".

so where did you see an irony?
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alex webster slaps all the time anyways.....


here!?

I think i must have missed sth
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C'mon guys! How can you not give slapping credit? Slapping was "invented" as a way of emulating the drums. Notes aren't as important as the rhythm you are creating.

Granted there are too many Flea and Claypool wannabes and not everyone can or should slap. Too many bassists jump to it too soon because it's flashy. Slap also has limited use in metal but I do like to pop the high strings sometimes - sounds fucking heavy.

Still, forget Alex Webster (easily the most overrated bassist on this forum ) and check out Brothers Johnson, Stanley Clarke or Parliament if you want to hear some slap.


PS - I just had a jazz bass built with a DIMARZIO X2N-B installed in it.
I'll post on it with some sound bytes when I've explored it some more but so far !
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Old 2007-01-16, 22:34
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Well firstly can I just say this is an awesome thread, one of the best metal threads I've been through, Good discussion

Yeah I have been practising slap a bit lately, but I don't know why because I know it's stuffing up me maintaining good technique. But now that I am about to start up lessons again I think I will put it away.

Fact is best band with best bassists either don't slap or it is an occassional fill, but really their are cooler effects that can be created by other techniques or simply awesome sense of Rhythem (which is what the bass is for not slapping).
Leave slapping for someone like Whooten (is that right spelling, only just discovered him)

My view is 4 string all the way (not a fan of the 5 string)
play the bass properly
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Old 2007-01-16, 22:42
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You need a 5 string for certain situations.
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Old 2007-01-16, 23:49
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You need a 5 string for certain situations.


I know that's true

Paradise Lost use a 6 string on Dissapear interestingly enough
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Old 2007-01-17, 16:32
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are you saying that playing a bass with more than 4 strings is improper?
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Old 2007-01-18, 00:54
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I prefer 4 strings
thats me, I spose I'm a bit cynical as some bands opt for 5 string bass more for the sound rather than to play it properly

I know this is not always the case, some bands have good 5 stringed bassists or they play the odd the song 5 string, which I think is a good way to go
sometimes a 5 string is required I know that, probably should ave worded myself sharper, it oviously can play at a lower pitch that a 4 string can't
but I prefer the 4 string

I spose alot depends on the style as well for strings on a bass is good for the more funk style
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Old 2007-01-18, 17:37
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the only time ive actually seen a bass played 'improperly" was about a month ago when this local band was playing.
the bass player had a decent rig
ampeg svt4-pro
ampeg 6x10
fender Marcus miller 4
he decided to be "hardcore" at the end of their set, and threw the bass on the ground, then he ran through the bar like your typical fat idiot.
then he slipped and cracked his skull on a pool table...

....karma...
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Old 2007-01-28, 12:56
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I love slap bass. But with everything in music, there is a time and place for it. Example, slap doesn't have much use in technical metal or an acoustic, but if you're just grooving at a coffee shop or what have you, it's wonderful.

Slap bass may be unnesscessary, but so are guitarist techniques like sweep picking and pinch harmonics. But like I said, there is a time and place for slap bass.
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