L101 “Pickup slap” exercise

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“Pickup slap” exercise in D7

It can really help your “groove” to fill in some percussive rhythm in your basslines, especially when playin unaccompagnied – ie starting a song/groove with bass alone

Basically you’re emulating the snare drum on 2 and 4 by slappin the string/strings over the pickup

Im exaggerating a bit in the slow sections, overemphasizing the slaps.

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nakrap said,


October 17, 2008 @ 9:08 pm

Hello Marlowe! UM I have one question…after you slap pickup how many ghost notes you play…tried to slow it down but cant figure:( …is it possible to get it in transcribe maybe:)


inlovewithlaura said,


October 7, 2008 @ 2:09 pm

is pickup slap different from the slap that uses the thumb.? im confused.. by the way, nice groove..


Mike said,


June 24, 2008 @ 5:43 pm

>> you’re the one that should “try”;-)<<

Haha, funny you understood it that way – my intention was to address and encourage other bass players, not the master himself, of course ;-)
Good, that i dont have to try it:-D

Anyway, best wishes from Germany! (next UEFA EURO Champion)


Mike said,


June 24, 2008 @ 11:35 am

It’s such a fun for me to play this one, maybe because I never played this way before. As u wrote above, I dont miss a clicking device or whatever.

I also like the different sound of the slap and the muted note, although it sounds good too to play this one in DT technique. Give it a try.
Sure it does, would sound good with a pick too, but this is a fingerstyle exercise, and you’re the one that should “try”;-)

PS:More pickup slap exercises, please.


Karsten25 said,


June 23, 2008 @ 6:46 pm

It`svery difficult to get the groove
Luxury! Not everything is easy, just consider yourself lucky with video examples!
When i was starting out I a had an old turntable i put on halfspeed.. Luxury!!
(quotes from Monty Python;-))


Funkadelic92 said,


June 23, 2008 @ 5:30 pm

very nice :)


Ast A. Moore said,


June 23, 2008 @ 12:05 am

Ah! Good stuff.


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