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!
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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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!
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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