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Bass popping and slapping

Here’s how to notate popping and slapping for bass tablature using the Soundslice editor.

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Slapping is the technique of percussively slapping the bass string with your right thumb (or left thumb, if you’re left-handed).

Popping is the technique of popping one of the two highest strings of the bass with your right index finger (or left index finger, if you’re left-handed).

Soundslice puts the letter “S” above tablature to designate a slap and the letter “P” above tablature to designate a pop.

Adding a slap or pop

  1. Select a note. (It doesn’t matter if you select it within the tablature staff or the standard-notation staff.)
  2. Click the “Toggle slap” or “Toggle pop” icon in the editor sidebar’s “Tablature” menu , or search the editor for “Toggle slap” or “Toggle pop.” Or use a keyboard shortcut.

Removing a slap or pop

  1. Select the note that has the slap or pop. (It doesn’t matter if you select it within the tablature staff or the standard-notation staff.)
  2. You’ll see the slap icon or pop icon in the current notations panel. Click that icon to remove the slap or pop.