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Best Slap Bass Player?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Funk$tar, Jun 15, 2013.

  1. Funk$tar

    Funk$tar Guest

    Jun 8, 2013
    I've been playin' slap for about a year and feel i haven't really progressed that well! Dont get me wrong I'm pretty good but I feel I just need to study someone else's technique to really get better! Any suggestions?
  2. Larry Graham is probably a good place to start, then Flea, Marcus Miller, Mark King ...
  3. Funk$tar

    Funk$tar Guest

    Jun 8, 2013
    Thanks! I know one of his songs but I never really payed attention to his music until now! I think that's one bass player I need to take a look at and actually learn from! Thanks man!:bassist:
  4. deepseabass


    May 7, 2013
    Victor Wooten, Larry Graham, Les Claypool.
  5. TonyCal likes this.
  6. esa372


    Aug 7, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    +1 for Larry Graham.
  7. MonkeyBass


    Mar 22, 2009
    Denver, CO
    Les, Larry, Vic, Mark.
  8. echoSE7EN


    Jul 1, 2010
    Balto., MD
    Some dude sitting in GC, playing a VM Jazz off the rack, on a Tuesday night. True story.

  9. I wouldn't doubt it, not one iota.
  10. Lee Moses

    Lee Moses

    Apr 2, 2013
    Mark King is so ridiculously clean. . . . As far as pure technique goes, he's the man. Marcus Miller would be the second guy, then maybe Jonas Hellborg.
  11. bass12

    bass12 And Grace, too

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    There are lots of great slappers out there. Some have already been mentioned and here are a few others:

    - Nate Phillips with Pleasure
    - Louis Johnson
    - Stanley Clarke
    - Doug Wimbish
    - Prince
    - Me'shell Ndegeocello
    - Anthony Wellington
    - Norwood Fisher

    The list goes on and on. If you want a good test regarding how clean your slapping is check out Patrice Rushen's "Forget Me Nots" with Freddie Washington on bass. If you can play that one cleanly then you're on the right track. :)
  12. FerK


    Dec 11, 2011
    And I would remove Flea from that list. He's a fantastic showman and a good musician (I like the RHCP a lot), but I wouldn't "study his technique" for slap.
  13. eyeballkid

    eyeballkid Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2009
  14. mcm


    Oct 2, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Cliff williams
  15. eyeballkid

    eyeballkid Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2009
    WAIT!! I meant Clapton.
  16. Ronbassman


    Jun 1, 2011
    Gustavo Dal Farra
  17. Maybe not his technique, but I'd study his groove.
  18. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    To me there is Alain Caron and then nothing for a while.
    His technique is just very clean and his playing extremely on point when he#s slapping-more so that with any other bassist I have heard/seen.
    There is many though who's playing I prefer listening to.
  19. GrayHatBass


    Jan 22, 2013
    Marcus Miller. His technique is very clean.

    Victor Wooten, I'm not so sure about. I don't really like his slapping tone.

    But don't mind me.

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