Watch more How to Play Bass Guitar videos: http://www.howcast.com/guides/664-How-to-Play-Bass-Guitar Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - http://howc.st/uLaHRS Learn popping and slapping in this bass guitar lesson from Howcast. John Sutton. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: http://howc.st/ytmainplaylists Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - http://howc.st/HOE3aY Howcast Video Games Channel - http://howc.st/tYKKrk Howcast Tech Channel - http://howc.st/rx9FwR Howcast Food Channel - http://howc.st/umBoJX Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - http://howc.st/vmB86i Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - http://howc.st/vKjUjm Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - http://howc.st/vbbNt3 Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Popping and slapping is a technique that can be used a lot in funk playing but it can also be used to spice up other styles of music that you might run into. Basically I'd like to think about using the thumb, which does the slapping, right above the end of the finger board and just getting like a thumb sound and you can practice that by playing each of the strings individually...and then back down. You can also practice playing scales just slapping the bass. You can also add popping. popping is a technique of pull up on the string vertically. So you wrap your finger underneath the string you want to pop pull away from the bass. This gets the popping kind of sound which I equate to the sound of a snare drum for a drummer. So we can think about this as our bass drum and our snare drum. And you can play basic grooves that you might play on a drum set, add them to the bass and they can be just in your repertoire of things you could possibly play.
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