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Slap and pop: give me a simple practice song

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by GManfromOz, Aug 18, 2017.

  1. GManfromOz


    Jul 27, 2016
    For the first time ever we have a funky-ish song in the setlist so I had to learn to do the slap and pop thing. (Fly Away by Kravitz, I know it's not strictly slap but it's how I'm covering it.) It's just some straightforward octaving but its now got me intreagued and it's a style that I should have in the kit bag.

    Can anyone suggest a straightforward funky slappy type song I can practice to? 70's preferred and nothing too vigorous.
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  2. Hari Seldon

    Hari Seldon

    Dec 27, 2016
  3. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    the Cali Intergalctic Mind Space
    Song Surgeon slow downer software- full 4 hour demo
  4. Badwater


    Jan 12, 2017

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  6. csc2048b


    Apr 4, 2010
    thanks for reminding me - this is one super mofo tune. learning it now.
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  7. btmpancake

    btmpancake Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2015
    Apollo beach, Florida
    Simple and clean? Take a listen to Billy Ocean's ''Love zone''
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2017
  8. songwriter21

    songwriter21 I have an obsession for wood. The musical kind. Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2005
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Sponsored by Hipshot
    "Pop Life" from Prince...fairly simple and straightforward. I think Prince and his players purposely played around with the timing to mess with people, but you should be able to do it, though...pretty easy.
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  9. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    "Boogie Oogie Oogie" (A Taste Of Honey) is almost entirely finger plucked...Janice Johnson's small bass break (5 notes? @~3:12 below) is thumbed/popped...a couple of fills/trills, too.
    She is smooth; awesome because she had not been playing very long when this song hit (the liner notes from their re-issued debut album sez keyboardist Perry Kimble taught her the bass).
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  10. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...and much more recent-
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  11. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    +1 for all the "Boogie Oogie Oogie" suggestions, that's a perfect tune for a beginner to get their thumbs around.
    Also consider Jeffery Osborne's "Let Me Stay With You Tonight" which is wonderfully simple without being simplistic.

    I think "Thank You" might be deceptive; while it seems like it's just that bVII-I-8ve-bVII-8ve lick over and over again, there's that low open E that he keeps dropping in in a way that seems confoundingly unobvious. I would love to watch how Larry Graham played that line to see how he managed to squeeze that note in, because it doesn't sound at all like it's being articulated with conventional [sic] slap/pop technique.
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  12. Badwater


    Jan 12, 2017
    This Sandberg Bass and player really cuts through the mix.

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