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Bass Lessons — Left Hand Slap bass tabs

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Performing a left hand slap

To do a left hand slap, you let your fingering hand snap down on
the finger board to produce a sound simular to (but a bit quieter
than) the sound of a muted slap. It should no rebound off the string
as your thumb would rebound but should NOT snap down hard enough
to sound any notes. Keep your fingers reletively loose, but
not flappy. Also note that the sound produced will be louder
when the string hit is vibrating.

The left hand slap is shown with the mute (X) mark and the the leters
LS beneath

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—X——X——X—
LS LS LS

The left hand slap is usually (but not always) played after an
open note.

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—00—X————
TT LS

The left hand slap is very useful if you need to produse a muted
slap sound immediately after another note and not tire out your
thumb. The left hand slap usually does the job much faster than
your thumb, especially if you need to do something else with
your thumb :)

Patterns for practicing left hand slap

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—0—X—0—X—0—X—0—X—
T LST LST LST LS

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—0—X—0—0—X—0—0—X—0—0—X—0
T LST T LST T LST T LST
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—0—X—0—0—X—0—X—0—X—0—X—0—0—X—0—X
T LST T LST LST LST LST T LST LS
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————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————5H7—
————————————————————————————5H7—————————————————————————————————
—0—X—0—0—X—0—X—0—X—0—X—0—0———————0—X—0—0—X—0—X—0—X—0—X—0—0——————
T LST T LST LST LST LST LS T T LST T LST LST LST LST T T
You can also combine left hand slaps with muted thumb slaps to
get to tone into your music.

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—0—X—X—0—X—X—0—X—X—0—X—X————————
T LST T LST T LST T LST
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—————————————5/7————————————————
—0—X—X—0—X—X—————0—X—X—0—X—X—5\3
T LS TT LS TT T LST TLS T T

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