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Contents

1. Basic of Reading Music........................3


2. Slapping Technique..............................4
4. Muted Notes.........................................6
3. Slapping and Popping..........................7
5. Hummer-on................................................9

6. Pull-off.................................................10
7. Slapping Grooves................................11

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Basics of Reading Music

The fundamentals of music are pitch and rhythm which are placed in a grid of five lines and
four spaces called Staff. Bass Players Read Bass Clef. The symbol of the Bass Clef is derived
from the old German way of writing F. The two dots on the right of the bass clef symbol
surround the line on which F pitch is written.

The notes above are all natural however any of this notes can be raised or lowered a half
step by placing a accidental, sharp (#) or flat (b) right before it. When an accidental occurs,
it applies to the whole measure unless it is cancelled out with another accidental.

Sharp (#) Raises a note one half step.


Flat (b) Lowers a notes one half step.
Natural (n) Cancells an accidental previously used.

b
F#/ G

b
G#/ A

b
A#/ B

b
C #/ D

b
D#/ E

F #/ G

b
G#/ A

b
A# / B

b
C #/ D

Note: The distance between B and C and E and F is a half step, thats way there's no # or b
in between those notes.

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SLAPPING Technique

Slapping means hitting the string with your right thumb.


This is the foundation of Slap Bass and the motion you will use the most.
First, you need to develop coordination to accurately strike the string.
In Order to do that your Thumb should be parallel to the strings and you
may have to lower you elbow near the bridge.
The next series of exercises will help you to develop this technique.

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Muted Notes
Muted notes is what gives flavor to our slap grooves.
You get this sound by laying the fingers of your fretting hand across
the strings, dont press hard enough to hear a pitch.

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Muted Notes Cont.


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Slapping and Popping Techniques

The easiest way to get started is by playing octaves ,one of the most
commonly figures in Slap-Bass grooves.
Using your index finger tip, pull the string away from the fretboard and
release it, the sound of the string snapping down onto the frets is know
as popping.
In the following exercises you will be playing a combination of Slap and
Pop, so it is very important that you keep your hand position.

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Slapping and Popping Cont.


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Hammer-on

Hammer-on produces a note by slamming a finger into a fretboard.


Practice the following exercises with a metronome.

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Pull-off

The Pull-off is like the hammer-on in reverse.


To get a good pull-off sound, pull your finger off the string with a sort of
downward motion.

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Finger Nail
Finger Nail is a technique I developed inspired on flamenco guitarist.
I get the sound by slapping right in top of the string with my finger nails
(index, middle, ring finger and pinkie) one after the other one.

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Slapping Grooves
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Slapping Grooves Cont.

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Slapping Grooves Cont.


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Slapping Grooves Cont.


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Slapping Grooves Cont.


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