Slapping is my kryptonite. Just cant seem to do “bounce slap” with my thumb up–all I get is a thud and a harmonics. I can sort of do the “rest stroke”/slap THROUGH technique where I whip my thumb down and use it like a pick almost–catching the meaty part at the end.
But I cannot for the life of me bounce OFF the string with my thumb up. I don’t understand how you can “relax” your thumb if you are jerking it up in a “thumbs up” position and angling your wrist back. I can make it “floppy” with it hanging down, but I don’t want to learn this “incorrectly.”
So how do you make your thumb “floppy” when it is sticking up–doesn’t that require your muscle to be engaged to stick it up? When I stick my thumb up, the tendons in my wrist are engaged as well as the muscle on the palm of my hand. How do I get the thumb to relax?
How do you “bounce” it off and hit the knuckle while your thumb is “relaxed”?