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Unread 04-25-2012, 07:45 PM   #1
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Talking Slap bass enthusiasts, assemble!

So I'm self-teaching myself slap bass. I've already had to change my style from a Flea style 'thumb' down to a 'thumb up' technique over a few weeks (just because the thumb down style really lacked 'feel' for me) and I really want to get to work learning some tunes. So any recommendations for some groovy, funky bass tunes I could learn? Probably along the lines of Marcus Miller, or Stanley Clarke. Probably not any Wooten, that guy is a machine.

Also, any more funk with a jazz or fusion influence would be awesome as well as I would really just love to learn stuff like that. Thanks in advance for any recommendations that come my way, and maybe I'll incorporate some of these bass ideas for my next album!

Otherwise, just share your favourite groovalicious slap bass licks!
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Unread 04-25-2012, 07:55 PM   #2
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This guy.

And here is where I'm at after a few weeks of going hard on slap bass after this guy"s lessons.
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Unread 04-25-2012, 08:49 PM   #4
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I know its not really the same style, but i really love korn style slap. I think its a cool technique to use sparingly.. lol
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Funny you mention this sithu, I've been noodling about with slap too
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Brain isn't working now from lack of sleep, but I just wanted to say that slap bass is awesome!

Look into RHCP and Faith No More stuff, some nice slappy bass there
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eric langlois of Cryptopsy. cold hate warm blood as an example but he throws in tasty little bits on most tracks
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Primus. Les Claypool writes some great slap basslines, some quite complex some pretty easy to figure out.
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Unread 04-27-2012, 04:19 AM   #11
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ive been trying to learn slap aswell as im trying to fill out my playing a little more then techy-metal as i've been doing that for years now. got tapping down alright but def wana get into some funky slap/pop so i can throw some into my new project (indi-blues rockish stuff). thanks for starting this thred. a lot of really good suggestions here for sure!

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hahaha Good ole slap bass... bassist version of wankery

And Since I love wanking, I love slap bass!
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Unread 04-28-2012, 01:06 AM   #15
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I enjoy playing slap but the 80's kind of gave it a hard time... Maybe it's time to call the horn section up to the stage and resurrect it, eh?

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Larry Graham was a big influence on slap (so I'm told), getting some good exposure to the pop audience on Michael Jackson's "Off the wall" album.
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Unread 04-28-2012, 09:16 AM   #16
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Thanks for all the posts guys! I think in general I'm wanting to learn more 'traditional' slap, basically meaning I'm nowhere near good enough on bass to be learning Wooten or Evan Brewer stuff! Old school funk is always a good shout. I'm trying to avoid Flea and Les Claypool stuff for that reason and also since I was a big Chili's fan and I would pretty much only play their stuff on bass. And I guess I should have mentioned its more my right hand I'm worried about since my left is all good from playing guitar for nearly 10 years.

Keep posting cool stuff guys! And if you have videos of yourself slapping away, feel free to post them. I think this should just be a thread for the appreciation of slap bass in general!
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Unread 04-30-2012, 01:31 AM   #17
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The guy from Dirty Loops is a monster, flawless playing and technique.

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^ +10 as much as I hate to say it, watch the justin beiber cover by dirty loops. AMAZING bass solo... REALLY amazing
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I am contemplating putting up explanation videos for a couple different slap styles but I haven't landed on the idea for certain... I'm hesitant because it's so easy to screw up a good song with a crappy slap bass part =(
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Unread 07-29-2012, 11:18 AM   #22
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Forgot about this thread! And the dirty loops guy is incredible!

My slap has come along a little bit since I started it and I've adopted a bit of a half-thumb up technique which I prefer to my old thumb down ala Flea technique.

Keep the links and advice coming guys
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Wooten and his pal Antony Wellington explain slapping the best imo, so if your looking to learn how to slap better, found out what they always have to say.
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Wooten and his pal Antony Wellington explain slapping the best imo, so if your looking to learn how to slap better, found out what they always have to say.
They definitely follow a wonderful and very specific style. Also, Anthony is a KILLER teacher. Like, seriously... Just a wonderful addition to the world.
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