Free Bass guitar lessons

marcus miller style slap??

View previous topic View next topic Go down

marcus miller style slap??

Post  zsquad on Sun May 23, 2010 7:47 am

so im getting more into slap bass, and i really like marcus miller's sound. ive noticed he slap and pops a little differently that the way i learned, i was wondering if someone could either explain to me what he does or show me a video/link that does. thanks!

Back to top Go down

Re: marcus miller style slap??

Post  SuperMaximo93 on Sun May 23, 2010 10:04 am

Do you slap Flea style? It's basically exactly the same, except that you have your hand at a different angle. Just hold your hand the way you do normally slap and turn it so your thumb is parallel to the strings. Its the same thing I'm doing in my display picture. Then practice, practice, practice Smile Also you may find that you find popping a bit difficult in this position, you have to train yourself to use more of the side of your fingertip rather than the fingertip itself

Back to top Go down

Re: marcus miller style slap??

Post  zsquad on Sun May 23, 2010 6:00 pm

is flea style the style taught by dman in his slap and pop videos? thats how i've learned. which method is more... precise? at least for beginners to slap? i have a 5 string and it gets kinda tricky sometimes to be accurate with slaps. i know accuracy will come with practice, but which method is easier for a beginner to pick up?

Back to top Go down

Re: marcus miller style slap??

Post  maxf13 on Sun May 23, 2010 6:46 pm

i dont no about that but the miller method is definatly more precise

Back to top Go down

Re: marcus miller style slap??

Post  zsquad on Sun May 23, 2010 6:57 pm

okay. another question about slapping on a 5 string: if i use the miller method, do i have my right hand "float" over the strings? or do i rest the lower part of my palm (kinda like where the thumb and palm meet, or the thumb muscle in the palm) on the string above where im slapping? at least where im at right now with my flea method, when i try to have my hand float about the strings, i often end up having the b string ring a little when i slap the e string. but when i rest my palm on the b string, my thumb sometimes come up far enough after a slap and the slap doesnt ring for as long as it should (i sort of do an unintentional muting of a ringing note). do i just have a technique problem?

Back to top Go down

Re: marcus miller style slap??

Post  maxf13 on Sun May 23, 2010 8:16 pm

i tend to rest my fleshy part on the b string

Back to top Go down

Re: marcus miller style slap??

Post  SuperMaximo93 on Sun May 23, 2010 10:30 pm

I think you should be floating and then muting any ringing with your left hand. If you're slapping 100% accurately then having the strings vibrate a little is normal because when you slap all you're doing is basically whacking the string, so some of the vibrations will travel through the bridge and nut to the other strings. Just make sure you're muting properly

Back to top Go down

Re: marcus miller style slap??

Post  Dropthelines585 on Mon May 24, 2010 8:31 pm

I've been slapping on a six string a lot recently, so I know where you're coming from with the whole accuracy issue. A lot less space in between strings. It's okay if you hit more than one, just make sure you're in a good position to mute the excess. This is why I preach the parallel method.

Dropthelines585
A resident.
A resident.


View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: marcus miller style slap??

Post  Isnt_Anything on Mon May 24, 2010 9:30 pm

Can you still do the parallel method with flea style? I know some people do the strike through method, but I think it's more difficult....

Back to top Go down

Re: marcus miller style slap??

Post  SuperMaximo93 on Mon May 24, 2010 10:40 pm

Isnt_Anything wrote:Can you still do the parallel method with flea style?
That's exactly what we're talking about. Striking through is a slightly different technique (which allows you to use your thumb as a pick, basically). Personally, when I say 'slap' I mean hitting the string (at any angle), when I say 'thumbing' or 'double thumbing' I mean using the strike through method. It's good to lean both slapping and doublethumbing, and both techniques can be used with popping.

Take a close look at videos of Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten. Marcus slaps, Victor double thumbs

Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

- Similar topics

Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum