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Mastering The Thumb Slap/Thumb Pop – Part I with Jaime Vazquez

Hello Bass Players! Here we are celebrating the anniversary of BMM. It’s a great honor for me to be a part of the Family!

For this special issue, I have some basic and easy to understand exercises for developing an accurate performance for thumb slapping and thumb popping. Both techniques are very popular for bass players like Victor Wooten, Marcus Miller, etc.

Thumb Slap (S)
Slap the string with the side of the thumb.

Thump Pop (TP)
Pop the string with the thumb by pulling it up then releasing it so that it rebounds against the fretboard.

Feel free to create your own exercises, by adding other techniques like slides, string skipping, left-hand muting or by adding more notes. Also, try the thumb techniques with all the scales and modes. Remember, start slowly and then increase the speed. Look for a clear and accurate sound. Become a Master of the Thumb Techniques! Part II coming soon…



  1. Jezebel

    August 7, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Nice lesson… I will practice this very hard…I wanna be Jezebel Wooten or Jezebel Miller! 🙂

  2. Carol

    August 11, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Hey Jaime! Thanks for a great lesson! You are the BASS MASTER… The BASS JEDI! 😉

  3. Alper

    August 12, 2011 at 4:49 am

    “yeah, its a fact that Jaime is one of the greatest bass players! If you have doubts about it just search him on google or wait for an amazing album that Jaime is contributing from the World Band! Keep rocking Jaime!”

  4. Aby X

    August 19, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Great my friend!!!!!!!!!!!you rockkkkkkkk!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Manuelito Bass

    August 19, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Incredible lesson! Finally someone teaches us how to master These Techniques! Maestro Jaime Thanks again!

  6. Ray C. Parrish

    February 16, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Thanks Jamie, more more more!

  7. Jaime David Vazquez

    Jaime David Vazquez

    February 16, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Thank you for all your support! Keep in touch for more SLAP BASS!

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