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Re: bongo bass or slap style bass or no style bass whatever


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Posted by Rob Perl on January 18, 2000 at 23:49:12:

In Reply to: bongo bass or slap style bass or no style bass whatever posted by Steve DePra on January 18, 2000 at 18:50:56:

: When are all the sheep and copy cats (Larry Graham's slap style)going to stop playing bongos on their basses? Is it because they can't learn the more melodic two finger classic approach? Slap style reduces ones ability to develop a more harmonic, distinct and personal sound. And furthermore, it is no longer hip.Having developed my musical career in the bay area in the 70's, I could never rip off one of my peers right under his nose,(Larry) nor would I develop another photographers negatives and sell them as my own.So please, young bassists of tomorrow, don't get sucked in. Find your own.

Steve,

I loved your comments about Bongo Bass - never heard that before. I get a surprising number of students asking to learn slap techniques, but I don't teach slap.
I stopped slapping ten years ago - after it stopped being hip. It's reassuring to see that I'm not the only who feels this way.

Peace,


Rob


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