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Thumb Slapin' Latin Groove

Rick Payman (10059) · [archive]
Style: Acoustic/Folk · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 190
Pages: 1 2

This latin style rhythm groove features right-hand thumb hammers (slaps) to add interest in the bass.

Ok, what on earth is a right-hand thumb hammer?

Good question! I admit, having never actually come across them before, I just made up the name.
A thumb hammer is effectively a hammer-on played with the thumb of the right hand. The side of the thumb slaps down on the required note, which naturally means that the whole right hand is held somewhere over the fretboard.
The hammered note is usually followed by a thumb pull-off, to release the right hand (almost like a thumb rest-stroke).

Anyway, here is the piece. All notes on the 10th and 12th frets are fretted/played with a thumb hammer. In this case, the right-hand thumb or fingers provide a rhythmic slap pulse on every 2nd and 4th beat.
Thumb Slapin' Latin Groove