In his cover of neon genesis evangelon opening, he does something throughout the song at 0:21 and other times throughout the verse. It sounds almost like a thumb slap but doing just a thumb slap doesnt get the same sound.

Song here:

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    Seems like a slap with thumb involving the thumb pick.
    – Tim
    Oct 13, 2019 at 15:11
  • As he is picking with the thumb ... this what we can see must be a ring on the thumb, with this he is slapping on the guitar. Oct 13, 2019 at 17:27
  • He could be stopping the string with his finger tips. this is a common technique in comping. You create a percussive tap when setting the hand down to pull the next chord. I am sure his thumb is being used (the pick) but possible all the finger, or palm edge, are slapping.
    – user50691
    Oct 13, 2019 at 22:33
  • I have rolled back the question to revision 1. meta discussion Nov 4, 2019 at 16:55

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Throughout the song, he is using a finger-style technique with hybrid picking. The specific technique that he uses beginning at 0:18 (which you can start to see around 0:21) is called a thumb slap, as you mentioned in the question itself and as advised by the commenters.

The thumb slap is the finger-style version of the Slap Strum technique, which is used to add a percussive, 'snare' sound to the guitar part.

If you are attempting to precisely replicate the exact sound that he is making in the video, then ensure that you are using a thumb-pick, firstly. His is plastic so, yours should be as well; and, you may want to even attempt to somehow match the thickness. Secondly, practice your thumb-slapping on a guitar with an acrylic face/body, as the performer is using (or purchase the exact same guitar.) Finally, really mute that bottom-string after you slap it, like he is doing...

I can't imagine why "doing just a thumb slap doesnt get the same sound," as you put it. It looks and sounds like a fairly straight-forward thumb slap, in truth...


At 0:25 (OP edited the question from 0:21 at first,) the performer is utilizing a strumming style called Rasgueado that is commonly used in flamenco style guitar.

  • At 0:25 seconds, he does more than just a normal thumb slap, I dont know how to describe it but its not a normal thumb slap
    – JSASCS
    Nov 3, 2019 at 14:21
  • That is Rasgueado... it is a style of strumming with the fingers commonly used in flamenco. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rasgueado Nov 3, 2019 at 14:26

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