The basic slapping technique is executed by striking the strings with the side of the picking hand thumb. Although lines that are slapped or plucked will certainly sound different than phrases played with standard bass playing technique, there should not be a detectable increase or decrease in the dynamics or volume of the notes articulated with slapping and plucking. Lines should sound consistent and even regardless of the articulation utilized.
In terms of the motion required to strike the strings, most of the movement when slapping is generated by rotating the wrist. With regard to the amount of distance needed to strike a string and create a solid attack, it takes very little space between the slapping hand thumb and strings to produce a good slap tone. When the slapping hand moves further away from the strings, it takes longer to execute the slapping motion which will make intricate lines harder to perform, and it also requires you to exert more energy.
String plucking is generally performed between the end of the fingerboard and the neck pickup. To pluck or pop a string, pull it away from the bass with the tip of the index or middle fingers on the picking hand and then release it. Once the string is released, it will snap onto the frets and create a popping sound.
Similar to standard two-finger picking technique, most of the movement required to pluck the strings occurs at the middle joint of the index and middle fingers. Rather than allowing the fingers to slide over the tops of the strings as you would normally do while performing traditional bass lines, the tips of the fingers are positioned underneath the strings before the strings are pulled away from the instrument and released.
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