Double Thumb Slap Lesson

by Bogdan Radovic

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  • Hello GMC! Welcome to my second slap bass lesson.In this lesson we are going to learn how to play "double thumb" technique. If you haven't please check out my first lesson about slap technique -"Slap and Pop Grooving" because this one will be a sort of upgrade of it.

    Double thumb technique is made famous and brought to perfection by Victor Wooten, Les Claypool and many others! Its a very useful technique to add a versatility to your own bass lines. Its a very percussive technique mainly used in slap bass lines but you can incorporate it to any style of playing to get some cool cross rhythm possibilities or just plain speed.

    In this lesson you are going to learn how to play some of the double thumb stuff incorporated in a heavy/funk slap bass line. Along with other basic techniques used in slap playing..Let's get thumpin'!

    Scale used for composing this groove was D minor scale.

    -Key: Dm
    -Tempo: 120 bpm
    -Time signature: 4/4
    -Difficulty: beginner/intermediate
    -Tuning: standard EADG

    Equipment I used for getting this sound was: Peavey Cirrus bass with active soapbar pickups, equal mix of both of them with added bass and treble on onboard eq - then going to the nemesis(eden) amp with a 1x15" and slightly added bass and treble there (at 1 o'clock position).

    Feel free to ask me any questions in the lesson feedback and in the forum.

    Enjoy and have a lot of fun thumpin' this one!


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