The Open-Hammer-Pop Technique

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.

You can learn more about the open-hammer-pop technique in the Slap Bass – Advanced Level video course, which you can find HERE. Don't forget to hit the Download Resources button above to receive the PDF worksheet and audio files that accompany these lessons.

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