Advanced Level

The Open-Hammer-Pop Technique

Course Duration: 24 Minutes | Difficulty Level: 7

The open-hammer-pop technique is a combination of three conventional slap bass elements: a slapped open string, a hammer-on, and a popped note. This technique can be used to play some unique slap bass lines and has been popularised by bassists such as Stuart Hamm and Victor Wooten.

The open-hammer-pop technique is typically used in two ways: as a sixteenth note triplet figure, or as part of a group of conventional sixteenth notes. Both approaches will be covered in the following exercises.

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