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Bass Soloing during a gig [slapping] : pros - cons

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by groove9028, Sep 6, 2004.

  1. groove9028


    May 25, 2004
    The title says it all.. :bassist: - :help:
  2. Cons? It's a bad idea. Don't do it.

    Just ask Victor Wooten, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, Mark King, Alain Caron, Stu Hamm... :D
  3. FunkMachine


    Jul 13, 2004
    If I do a solo at a gig, I never slap unless accompanied by the drums.

    Otherwise, I dont know, just makes me feel a bit silly..Like Im trying too hard to show off.

    What I usually do is explain to my drummer how its going to go; "Start with this mellow thing here...then move into this..gradually build it up...then you come in with the drum roll..and then i'll slap..then when I stop, you have your solo.."

    Something like that.
  4. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    I only slap if the line grooves, but I wouldn't solo slapstyle. Doing that just screams look at me, I would rather do a little improvised, melodic fingerstyle line.