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im am gonna go through step by step on how to slap (wank) a bass and the pop
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Step 1: Materials

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Get Matireals
-at least half a year of playing bass depending on how often you practice, proper technique is very hard to learn

Step 2: Thumb

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Curve your thumb as most as possible while in a comfortable and be able to play, this is important for proper technique and will take some time to get used to.

Step 3: Its All in the Wrist

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now with your thumb in a cureved posistion rotate at the wrist,as if turning a door knob. it is all in the wrist no thumb movement at all!

Step 4: Wank away!!!!!

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now while holding your bass place your thumb parallel to the strings and above the string and turn your wrist like a door knob. and you should bounce off the string with the knucle of your thumb on top of the fretboard at ur twentyth fret area. when I say bounce I think of when a person hits face first on the ground and there head pops up immediately. this will take awhile to get the whole bouncing off the strings its different but practice, it will take a few months

Step 5: The wrong way

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Practice good techniqes and they will become habbit. do not point ur thumb down!!

Step 6: The pop

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This is the simple part make a hook with your index finger and put it under the string and pull up making a pop a learning exercise slap and pop your octaves. I don't think the pop needs a huge part because it is easy and requires very little skill but if someone can't comprehend it I will go and expand the Instructable.

Comeing Soon!! Double Thump instructable
tsvoboda3 years ago
I have a habit of pointing my thumb up, is this a good or bad technique?
woods1015 years ago
as a rule of thumb, I dont really think it matters how you pop. just so long as its comfortable with you, it sounds good, and you can do it fast :-)
rollingstoner357 (author)  woods1014 years ago
Now... How to make a good Slap riff: Use plenty of octaves, hammer/pulloffs, and use fifth intervals. Mix it all up, and experiment with different fifths ( E and A, for example).
thank you so very much. i didnt even read the instructable, but YOU have helped me alot!
survivalist5 years ago
what kind of bass do u have????

It's a Jaguar Bass. VERY NICE BASS!!!
CrawdadMan5 years ago
Slappa Da Bass!!!
Clayton H.6 years ago
I find that it is esayer if you relax you finger so that they droup down.
Mr65076 years ago
Thanks! I've finally got slapping down because of you! Great Instructable!
rollingstoner357 (author)  Mr65076 years ago
im glad i was of help =]
Kazeem6 years ago
My thumb doesn't bend back. At all. You'd have to snap it to make it bend... Am I destined never to play slap bass, or will i just have to angle my hand differently? ...
Mr6507 Kazeem6 years ago
my thmb doesn't be much and I got it. Just move your knuckle (second one from top) back as far as it'll go. That's at least how I do it.
ur guitar is ugly...sorry...but good instructable...
rollingstoner357 (author)  KeepTheBrain6 years ago buying a status graphite bass,hopefully...but my bass gets the job done..
looool wank a bass
jazzmaster bass?
its a jaguar jazz bass by fender
dude i love jaguars the guitars have nice vibrose
oo00oh. cool! i have a strat.
Chicken22096 years ago
Im pretty ganster myself
gmjhowe6 years ago
its all in the thumb angle, i really should learn to play my bass..
JakeTobak6 years ago
I wanted to slap a fish T_T