Best Guitar Slapping Tricks | Slapping Technique EXPLAINED!

What’s up YouTube community, Bernth here – welcome back to another video lesson! This time we will check out how to get
started with slapping on the guitar So let’s get started right away! Slapping is a technique that is mostly
associated with bass players but us guitarists can also get in on the fun and
work with this pretty cool and percussive technique – to get started with this
pretty exciting playing style we actually just need three different
motions that we will combine in creative ways later on – as always I also worked on
a practical example for this lesson, this time it’s a slapping riff that shows you
how I use this technique for my composition in a practical context – we
also learn slapping and more finger style techniques in my online course 10
steps to modern shredding in the chapter dedicated to playing without a pick but
for now let’s check out the practical examples I prepared for you this week! As you can hear this is a really cool rhythmic and percussive playing style so
it’s not hard to understand why so many bass players absolutely love to work
with this one – when the slapping pattern that you’re playing is really locking in
with the drums for example you get some very powerful sections filled with tons
of groove – I always really loved the sound of that and that’s why I wanted to
develop a technique similar to that on the guitar – that’s not really something
that a teacher showed me or anything I started working on it by myself and it
developed into this technique that I’m showing you today – I mostly use this
technique with a clean sound so you can really hear all the details that are
going on here and as I said in the beginning you actually only need three
different key ingredients to get started and we will check them out really slow
once again now – first we obviously need to work on the slap, when you perform the
slap you don’t want to hurt your thumb at all, you have to find the right
angle first – this is very important because when I’m slapping like that my
thumb does not hurt at all in any way this is very important for me because I
don’t want you to hurt yourself at all when you’re practicing this technique – I’m using this area of my thumb here to perform the slap and it might take some
time until you find the right angle to do it, the right amount of force – you
don’t want to hit your instrument too hard here you still want a nice open
ringing E string… and not something like that for example… You might get some ringing that you
don’t want and it might start hurting a bit in this area when you overdo it so
please keep that in mind – so after you worked on the slap and got a nice motion
going you can start introducing the pop For this one I’m pulling my finger
underneath the string my index finger right here underneath the a string for
example and I’m pulling up until the string snaps against the fret board
generating this pop sound – most bass players also use their middle finger for
that motion especially for the higher strings since it’s a bit more
comfortable or a combination of both fingers but for now we will stick with
the index finger for the practical examples – so the first exercise is pretty
obvious I guess once you started working individually on the slap getting a
feeling for it and the pop I want you to start combining those two motions and I
also want you to work with a metronome here of course since this is a very
rhythmic technique you want to make sure to play in time to develop some groove –
so you can set your metronome up to count quarter notes for you for example
and play a slap for the first quarter note, pop for the next one, slap and so on –
this might sound like a really basic exercise but it’s actually pretty hard
because you start switching between those two motions right now – you’re not
just playing slaps or pops individually you start switching between those two
motions – one of the first challenges you will come across is that you only want
your low E string to ring when you perform the slap – you don’t want any
overlapping notes so you need to work with your left hand here to actually
block the strings – that way you can still use some force with your slap but you
make sure that only the low E string is ringing and you don’t get this kind of
sound… as you can see I’m also not using too much force when I’m performing the
pop, the guitar strings are much lighter in comparison to bass strings so we have
a slight advantage here I would say – I still want the notes to sound nice, to have nice
articulation – that would sound a little bit too extreme… of course it also can
sound cool to overdo it a bit but for the most time I want this kind of sound
when I’m performing the pop – also keep in mind that you probably want to speed it
up later so you want to make sure that you can perform your motions in a fast
and economic way too so after practicing the slap and pop for a while
alternating between them you can start adding the third ingredient – we need a
deadnote generated with our left hand, that is really nothing special, we are
just touching the fretboard lightly creating another percussive sound – one
thing we really need to pay attention to though is that we are not pushing down
too hard – we don’t want to generate any actual notes here, we just want a nice
percussive sound so this is the final ingredient – now we have three different
building blocks we can mix together and one of my favorite patterns, the one I
used in the practical example goes like this… first we are playing a slap for the
open E string, then we add the deadnote with our left hand, muting the strings,
then we slap again so the second slap is different – and then we can add
a pop, so really slow… as you can hear I’m not generating any individual notes or
crazy chords when I’m performing the deadnote it’s really just another rhythmic
element I’m introducing – so as I said this is exactly the pattern that we need
to perform the riff that I wrote for this lesson, here it is a little bit
faster so you can see what I’m talking about… it
definitely needs some time to build this connection between both of your hands
because your left hand is actually more involved in all of this then it might
seem – as you can see I’m always blocking the strings so I’m not getting this kind
of sound… I’m blocking all the strings except the
open E string and I’m using it for this kind of muted sound – then of course for
the pop… as always the tabs and guitar pro files for the full riffs are online
on my patreon page Thanks to all my Patrons at this point – you can download the practice backing tracks, tabs, PDF sheets all of that stuff and also to get the
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it out if that’s interesting for you – so to end this lesson let’s dissect this
riff a little bit more, I will show you a couple of special things that I included
in it – as I said we pretty much only use this kind of pattern – slap, dead note
slap on the deadnote, and pop so the first thing we could do to make it a
little bit more interesting is switch up the strings we are using for the pop
for example – of course we don’t have to stick to the E string for the pop, you
can also move up to the D string for example and string skipping is actually
quite easy with slapping because we just assign our thumb to one string and our
index finger to a different string so we don’t have to worry about jumping over
different strings or the picking angle with our pick… we can switch pretty easily but as
always we want to make sure that no other strings are ringing here –
so the first pattern is something like that… this is the basic idea so I’m just
working with the E power chord playing root perfect fifth and the octave on here and
I’m alternating with the Pop between B and E I’m also going up to the G string at
some point and the Pops sound really cool here, really percussive almost like
chicken picking – another thing I like to include with my slapping riffs are
extended hammer-on phrases for example in triplets, groups of three – so for the
slap for example I’m playing… and for the pop I’m playing… so another string
skipping approach, this one is a bit tricky when I perform it fast but it
sounds pretty cool and it’s still a bit easier than performing it with a pick
since I can assign my thumb to the E string and the slap with my index finger on the D string – another small detail is a chord that I added, I was playing G on the 3rd fret of the low E string and then the open D string
and G string with my index finger like that since I don’t really have a
lot of time to do some strumming or finger picking – by adding this super
small chord that goes by very fast I just wanted to add a bit of variety to
my slapping riff, it’s actually just a G power chord but I’m using the open
strings so I just need one finger of my left hand and my index finger to strum the chord super quick – in the end I was climbing up
the neck with this phrase… so nothing new but then I speed up the pattern
rhythmically and I get something like that… that is pretty much the hardest
part of the riff here at the end since I still want every single motion to be
audible here it shouldn’t just sound like… you know, I want every motion to be
audible, not just the pops, everything else too – so it should sound
something like that once again when we speed it up… so that was my super quick
introduction to slapping on the guitar hope you enjoyed that one – please
remember to take it slow don’t hurt yourself
especially the slap can get a bit dangerous in the beginning but you can
also develop some blisters with the pop so please take it slow and start with
the individual motions before you combine them always work to a metronome – since this is a very rhythmic and groovy technique you always really want to lock
in with the rhythm section as soon as you’re playing with your friends or when
you start recording your own riffs and ideas – in the end please make sure to
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