Advice for beginning slappers.

Discussion in 'Rockabilly [DB]' started by Marty Forrer, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. I see so bad information being slung around, I would like to suggest to beginners they put aside their slap bass DVDs and go watch Milt Hinton on youtube. This grand old man (now deceased) is the godfather of slap bass. He not only slaps ferociously, he does it with an ease and relaxed demenour that belies what he's playing. Willie Dixon is another old-timer who rules in this dept, but Milt Hinton is king. They didn't call him the "Judge" for nothing. Study the Judge .... you wont regret it.
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  2. LowAndFunky


    Dec 22, 2007
    Richmond, VA
    +1 Million! Check Milt out on the Cab Calloway tune, "Plucking The Bass." Ridiculous! :hyper:
  3. Here goes...

  4. salcott

    salcott Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    NYC, Inwood.
    Milt studied and practiced classical technique all his life. If you want to specialize in slap bass, fine, but learn to play the instrument first.
  5. LowAndFunky


    Dec 22, 2007
    Richmond, VA
    Slick Joe Fick - fun, fun, fun!

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  6. Gearhead43


    Nov 25, 2007
  7. HateyMcAmp

    HateyMcAmp Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Krivo Pickups
    Milt is what go me into slapping, swinging and acoustic in character....I was never such a fan of the heavily amplified rockabilly sound.
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  8. Geoff Firebaugh

    Geoff Firebaugh

    Apr 1, 2004
    Nashville TN
    Endorsing artist:Blast Cult, BNA Audio, Fender, Innovation Stings, K&K
    odd statement, I've got hundreds or rockabilly recordings, and virtually none of them (save live records) have amplified doublebass.
  9. LowAndFunky


    Dec 22, 2007
    Richmond, VA
    +1 Geoff
  10. Gearhead43


    Nov 25, 2007
    +2 Geoff.
  11. I also love Milt Hinton's playing, but my searches on YouTube didn't show a whole lot of clips of him playing really. Too bad, perhaps there are more and I'm just looking wrong.
  12. JMcCarthy


    Jan 9, 2011
    Watch some lee rocker videos for rockabilly slap and read the bass lines book by milt Hinton
  13. Timothy Austin

    Timothy Austin

    Jun 7, 2017
  14. Adam Booker

    Adam Booker Supporting Member

    May 3, 2007
    Boone, NC
    Endorsing Artist: D'Addario Strings, Remic Microphones
    Milt was the man, for sure! And yes, when I went to his house he had a bow and a Simandl book waiting for me. And scales. Oy vey did he make me play scales.
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  15. gypsydjango


    Jul 9, 2009
    I agree about Milt Hinton. One of the all time greats in the jazz world. So solid. Great sound. For me you cannot top the 'old school ' guys. They were bought up in the pre-amp days and had to project their sound acoustically even through the big bands they played with. The guys today may have more technique but were brought up on the amp--big difference.
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