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Bass Lines with Jaime Vazquez: Mastering The Thumb Slap/Thumb Pop – Part II

Hello Everybody! Thanks for all your comments and support! It’s good to know that you are learning! That’s the idea and our goal at BMM! Together we are making history. Last month, we had been studying several exercises for developing the thumb slap and the thumb pop techniques. For this month, we will start to groove! Here I have some bass lines in different styles and approaches to apply these cool techniques. Also, the audio files of every groove are included (slow/original tempos). Don’t be shy and make Wooten and Miller proud of you! So, have fun! Feel free to create your own grooves. Expand your bass fills by adding other techniques like slides, string skipping, left-hand muting or by adding more notes. Remember, start slowly and then increase the speed. Look for a clear and accurate sound. Now you’re becoming a Master of the Thumb Techniques!

Fig.1a Fig.1b

Electric Bass Fig. 1

Legend
L - tied note
x - dead note
h - hammer on/pull off
b - bend
s - slide
~ - vibrato
g - ghost note
> - accentuated note
t - trill
M - palm mute
. - staccato
P - popping (bass)
S - slapping (bass)
TP - thumb pop (bass)
+ - tapping
W - wide vibrato
< - fade in
w - whammy bar
= - tremolo picking
v - brush up
^ - brush down
V - pick stroke up
n - pick stroke down

     S     TP S  TP P  S  TP S  P     S  TP    S
G |----------------------------------------------------|
D |-----------------------------3h-5-------------------|
A |-----------------1-----------------x--3h-5--5s------|
E |--1h-3--3--3--x-----3--3--x-------------------------|
  S     TP S  TP P  S  TP S  P  S  TP S  TP S  TP
-----------------------------3----------------------|
--------------------------------5--3--3--5----------|
-----------------1--------------------------3--5----|
--1h-3--3--3--x-----3--3--x-------------------------|

  S     TP S  TP P  S  TP S  P     S  TP    S  TP
-----------------------------10h12------------------|
--------------------------x--------10-10h12---------|
-----------------1--------------------------8--10---|
--1h-3--3--3--x-----3--3----------------------------|

  S     TP S  TP P  S  TP S  P        S  TP S          S
-----------------------------7h-8h-7----------------|----------------||
--------------------------x-----------8--x--3h-5----|----------------||
-----------------1----------------------------------|----------------||
--1h-3--3--3--x-----3--3----------------------------|--3.------------||

Fig.2a Fig.2b
Electric Bass Fig. 2

Legend
L - tied note
x - dead note
h - hammer on/pull off
b - bend
s - slide
~ - vibrato
g - ghost note
> - accentuated note
t - trill
M - palm mute
. - staccato
P - popping (bass)
S - slapping (bass)
TP - thumb pop (bass)
+ - tapping
W - wide vibrato
< - fade in
w - whammy bar
= - tremolo picking
v - brush up
^ - brush down
V - pick stroke up
n - pick stroke down

     S     TP S  TP    S     TP S  TP
G |----------------------------------------|
D |-----------7--5h-7-----------5--3h-5----|
A |----------------------------------------|
E |--5-----5-----------3-----3-------------|

  S     TP S  TP    S  TP    S  TP
----------------------------------------|
-----------3--1h-3-----------3--1h-3----|
--------------------3--1h-3-------------|
--1-----1-------------------------------|

  S     TP S  TP    S     TP S  TP
----------------------------------------|
-----------7--5h-7-----------5--3h-5----|
----------------------------------------|
--5-----5-----------3-----3-------------|

  S     TP S  TP    S  P  S  TP    S       S
-----------------------2----------------|----------------||
-----------3--1h-3--3-----3--1h-3--3----|----------------||
----------------------------------------|--0.------------||
--1-----1-------------------------------|----------------||

Fig.3a Fig.3b
Electric Bass Fig. 3

Legend
L - tied note
x - dead note
h - hammer on/pull off
b - bend
s - slide
~ - vibrato
g - ghost note
> - accentuated note
t - trill
M - palm mute
. - staccato
P - popping (bass)
S - slapping (bass)
TP - thumb pop (bass)
+ - tapping
W - wide vibrato
< - fade in
w - whammy bar
= - tremolo picking
v - brush up
^ - brush down
V - pick stroke up
n - pick stroke down

     S     P     S  TP       S  P     S  TP    S
G |--------5--------------------5----------------------|
D |--3-----------x--3-----3L-3--------x--3-----4-------|
A |----------------------------------------------------|
E |----------------------------------------------------|

  S     P     S  TP       S  P     S  TP    S
--------7--------------------7----------------------|
--5-----------x--5-----5L-5--------x--5-----4-------|
----------------------------------------------------|
----------------------------------------------------|

  S     P     S  TP       S  P     S  TP    S
--------5--------------------5----------------------|
--3-----------x--3-----3L-3--------x--3-----4-------|
----------------------------------------------------|
----------------------------------------------------|

  S     P     S  TP       S  P     S  TP    S          S
--------7--------------------7----------------------|----------------||
--5-----------x--5-----5L-5--------0--5-----4-------|--3-------------||
----------------------------------------------------|----------------||
----------------------------------------------------|----------------||

Fig.4a Fig.4b

Electric Bass Fig. 4

Legend
L - tied note
x - dead note
h - hammer on/pull off
b - bend
s - slide
~ - vibrato
g - ghost note
> - accentuated note
t - trill
M - palm mute
. - staccato
P - popping (bass)
S - slapping (bass)
TP - thumb pop (bass)
+ - tapping
W - wide vibrato
< - fade in
w - whammy bar
= - tremolo picking
v - brush up
^ - brush down
V - pick stroke up
n - pick stroke down

     S  TP S  TP S  TP S  TP      S TP  S  TP S  TP S  TP
G |----------------------------|----------------------------|
D |----------------------------|--------------3--5----------|
A |--------x--5--5--5----------|--------x--5--------2--3----|
E |--3--3--------------x--3----|--3--3----------------------|
  S  TP S  TP S  TP S  TP      S TP  S TP  S TP  S  TP      S

----------------------------|----------------------------|----------------||
----------------------------|----------------------------|----------------||
--5--5--x--5----------------|--5--5--x--5----------------|----------------||
--------------5--5--x--5----|--------------2--2--5--5----|--3-------------||

Fig.5a Fig.5b
Electric Bass Fig. 5

Legend
L - tied note
x - dead note
h - hammer on/pull off
b - bend
s - slide
~ - vibrato
g - ghost note
> - accentuated note
t - trill
M - palm mute
. - staccato
P - popping (bass)
S - slapping (bass)
TP - thumb pop (bass)
+ - tapping
W - wide vibrato
< - fade in
w - whammy bar
= - tremolo picking
v - brush up
^ - brush down
V - pick stroke up
n - pick stroke down

     S    TP  S        TP    S     TP S        TP
G |----------------------------------------------------|
D |----------------------------------------------------|
A |-----------7L-7-----5-----x-----5-------------------|
E |--5-----x--------------------------3L-3-----3-------|

  s     TP S        TP    S     TP    S  TP S  TP
----------------------------------------------------|
--------------------------x-----5h-7----------------|
-----------7L-7-----5-----------------x--x--5--7----|
--5-----x-------------------------------------------|

  S     TP S        TP    S     TP S        TP
----------------------------------------------------|
----------------------------------------------------|
-----------7L-7-----5-----x-----5-------------------|
--5-----x--------------------------3L-3-----3-------|

  S     TP S        TP    S     TP S  TP    S          S
--------------------------7h-9--x-------------------|----------------||
-----------------------------------x--5h-7----------|----------------||
-----------7L-7-----5-----------------------7-------|----------------||
--5-----x-------------------------------------------|--5-------------||
8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Jaime Vazquez

    Jaime David Vazquez

    September 2, 2011 at 1:59 am

    Sorry for the error! This the Part II…

  2. Jaime Vazquez

    Jaime David Vazquez

    September 2, 2011 at 2:02 am

    Click and hear the audio tracks!!!

  3. van nunnally / [email protected]

    September 2, 2011 at 2:30 am

    we will record either late this year u=i have a busy concert schudule so lets see will use ef jamor the caves in france ….

  4. Jaime Vazquez

    Jaime David Vazquez

    September 2, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Awesome! Amazing! Keep Grooving Van! 🙂

  5. Jossy

    September 19, 2011 at 10:22 am

    One of my favorite techniques! Great lesson! Thanks Maestro Jaime!

  6. Mildred

    September 22, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Excellent lesson! I have a lot to practice…

  7. Maria

    September 23, 2011 at 6:47 am

    The BEST!!! Great Article!!!

  8. Yohanny

    September 26, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Fig. 1 is challenging!!! I’m a guitar player but I’m playing the bass guitar too. Thanks for the article!

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