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Posted by Fritz Carney on December 14, 1999 at 10:33:02:
In Reply to: Re: Bass Slapping posted by Kerry Layton on December 14, 1999 at 09:54:11:
: : I Need Help on Learning How to Slap the Bass. If Anyone knows Of any Books Or Instructional Video's i Could Use it Would Be Most GreatFull . .
: : Thanks
: : Kenneth (5-string) Wright
: I agree with Robby. The way I learned was by picking up anything by Larry Graham (the inventor) and looked for the lowest common denominator. "Car Wash" by Rose Royce was another easy approach to the sytle utilizing mainly eight notes. Then move on to people like Stanley Clark, Marcus Miller and others who are the kings. Some disco music is slap oriented but not real hard, they are good ways to learn. The books may be the best way for help on where to hit the strings with your thumb, at the bridge or at the neck. Different sounds at different locations. Good luck. It's a blast once you get your style in place.
You may want to consider purchasing Alexis Sklarevski's "The Slap Bass Program" which is an excellent beginning to learning the slapping technique for electric bass. His video comes with written music so you can see the the various elements of slapping such as pops, clicks, trills, hammerons, pulloffs, etc., in written form. This is very important because even though many videos are slowed so that the viewer can see what's going on, some of the techniques executed are difficult to decipher even at half speed.
I specify electric bass because slapping for acoustic bass was developed long before electric bass. Are you familiar with some of the acoustic jazz bassists from the 40's, and Bluegrass Bass Slapping techniques?
Another source from a very innovative bassist is Victor Wooten's "Super Bass Solo Technique" which involves various slapping techniques from a different perspective. Stuart Hamm also has instructional videos for slapping.
If you really want to jump off of the deep end for very heavy visual instructions on slapping try Bill Dickens "Untold Secrets" parts I & II. Mr. Dickens is a phenominal bassist with slapping capabilities beyond the norm.
There are many electric bassists that are accomplished slappers: Marcus Miller, Anthony Jackson, John Pattitucci, Brian Bromberg, Doug Wimbish, Stanley Clarke, Victor Bailey, Kim Stone, and many many others. The aforementioned bassists are those who have national and international notoriety, but there are tons of bassists that play in local venues whom you can learn from by just observing what they do. I hope this information is beneficial for your quest to acquire bass slapping techinque information.
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