Slap Exercise (Muted Rhythm)

by Javier Aviles

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  • Greetings from Granada (Andalucia,Spain)!

    In this lesson I want to teach rhythmic patterns to apply when you play slap on the guitar. Mute the strings with your left hand, does not matter which place on the fretboard you choose. In the first series, with the right hand I play "slap" with the thumb and "pop" with the middle finger (other people use the index). In the second set, I add the left hand playing tapping. The beat goes like this: quarter notes, eighth notes, eighth note triplets, sixteenth notes and sixteenth sixtuplets.

    Music Style: Funk, R&B, all styles...

    Tonality & Scales: backing music in A

    Techniques:

    slap & pop
    left hand muting
    left hand tapping (hammer-ons)

    Sound:
    I used a Parker Fly Deluxe with a clean sound on Fender Bassman.

    Tuning:
    Standard tuning: E, A, D, G, B, E

    Tempo & Beat:
    120 bpm (Slow parts at 60 bpm)
    4/4

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