Red Hot's Aeroplane

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Paolo, Feb 12, 2001.

  1. I have a problem with the song Aeroplane. The slap part is too complicated to understand. Anyone have the right slap partition ?


  2. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
  3. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999 can see the transcription & still have no idea on how to pull it off, right?

    To me, if you keep your plucking hand in a constant 1/16th note motion(Thumb/down-Pop/up-Thumb/down-Pop/up), you can easily play tunes like "Aeroplane".

    To simplify the concept-
    In 4/4 time, THUMB the beats om 1 & 3; POP the notes on 2 & 4.
    /T...P...T...P.../=all 1/4 notes
    /E...G...E...G.../=OPEN strings
    /1...2...3...4.../=the count
    Now, doubletiming that becomes-
    /1.&.2.&.3.&.4.&./=all 1/8th notes
    See how the THUMBING now occurs ON THE BEAT & how the POPPING now occurs on the UPBEATS?

    Further, now...doubling that becomes-
    /1e&a2e&a3e&a4e&a/=all 1/16th notes

    Now, what YOU can do with this is-
    Thumb some notes, Pop some notes, MUTE/GHOST some notes, & OMIT some notes-
    Just keep the plucking hand in TIME, in a 1/16th note down/up motion.

    In the 1st bar to the thumb/pop section of "Aeroplane"-
    /1.&a2e&.3.&a4e&./=the rhythm
    /ExEDEDExExAGAGAx/=strings used(X=muted)
    /GxGgGgAxBbxDdDdDbx/=notes played

    G=G played on the "E" string
    g=octave played on the "D" string
    D=D played on the "A" string
    a=octave played on the "G" string

    ...clear as mud, right?
  4. thank, but I think that the transcription of libster is not the correct.
  5. If you are having trouble learning the slapped verses by ear, the Libster transcription is very useful...My advice would be to figure out as much of the slap lines as you can and then apply Flea's style to your own improvisations over the same chord changes...This is an awesome song from a bassist's point of view-funky slides, slapped verses, 16th note funk interlude, great fingerstyle solo, and a funky walking line taking it out....