Slap not happy - slap help

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Warlock, Apr 21, 2003.

  1. Sorry guys to raise this again. I've search the archive and still need help.

    I'm a returning rocker and have re found the Bass again at 40! A 20 year gap!! I've decided to re-learn and I need to. How do I slap? Where do I start?

    Yours a mad Stnaley Clarke fan,

    Rosliston, UK
  2. LoJoe


    Sep 5, 2002
    Concord, NC USA.
    Outside of a teacher, I've read on here numerous times that this is the best thing going for slap:

    The Slap Bass Program
  3. Thanks LoJoe - ordered and sorted.

    Thanks again,

  4. Howard K

    Howard K

    Feb 14, 2002
    LOL!! HA, that's funny!!!

    Stanely Clarke is a slap machine!

    Have you heard his new CD? Is it good? :)
  5. I haven't heard it - I'm trying to catch up with all he has recorded. I first came across SC in 1980 or so when I was told by a funk bassist to catch a listen - what a bass player! I then heard Jacko on the Weather Report album and all of a sudden I didn't want to play in a rock band :p
  6. corinpills


    Nov 19, 2000
    Boston, MA
    Just to offer a different perspective: don't. Slapping is 1987, it's not cool. It's for showing off in music stores. Tons of people do it poorly, very few do it well. It's for kids and guys in wedding bands (not there's anything wrong with that). I know that one isn't supposed to have an opinion like this on this board (I can hear the march of the "well I slap and I love it" people already), but I just can't believe people still do that. It's like seeing a guitar player still shredding Yngvie licks like it's the 80s.

    Welcome back to bass. The world can always use more rockers. There are already a few thousand people trying copy Stanley and Jaco. What kind of stuff did you used to play 20 years ago? just curious.
  7. Fliptrique


    Jul 22, 2002
    Szczecin, Poland
    Endorsing Artist: Mayones Guitars&Basses, Taurus Amplification
    . The question wasn`t "should I slap", it was: "how to slap". I think that most of us here will probably be able to decide ourselves...
  8. I personally dislike slap myself.... but hell my opinion means ****... lol
    but so does everyone elses:meh:
  9. yoshi


    Jul 12, 2002
    England, London
    :D My brother does that all the time, he even got a malmsteen sig axe not so long back! It does sound impressive though (to me) but the backings so naff! :p
  10. I missed this post before - so sorry. It's now a year on since I took the bass back up and I reckon I'm where I left off all that time ago. The slap is about there but to be frank it doesn't do much for me. I love playing the blues now, I really, really like playing the blues I mean to say. If I really think about it I still really like the punchy rock bass lines of the 1980s. I have set-up on my Boss Gx-700 that sounds like to ruanchy basses playng harmony - it's such a thrill to knock out a heavy riff nowadays.
  11. Goldsac


    Mar 15, 2004
    The 'Hill
    The one thing I do agree with you on ;)
  12. XTONYX

    XTONYX Guest

    I do agree too....and i slap poorly.
  13. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    It is another techinque for bass therefore it cannot be bad. More options for sound is always good. I enjoy slap as much as fingerstyle or picking or tapping or chords. All are a means to get a certain sound.

    Don't dislike the style, dislike the poor player.
  14. x182


    Mar 22, 2004
    so you only play for coolness?
  15. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    All ye naysayers of slap, listen to this man, for he speaks the truth!