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Songs to improve slap technique

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by aerion, Jun 2, 2014.

  1. aerion


    May 28, 2014
    Can you suggest easy and good songs for improving slap technique?
  2. aerion


    May 28, 2014
  3. faulknersj

    faulknersj Supporting Member

    Apr 4, 2008
    Scottsdale Az
    Here you go;

    Forget Me Nots Bass Cover learn the parts slow...you can speed up in time.

  4. faulknersj

    faulknersj Supporting Member

    Apr 4, 2008
    Scottsdale Az
    Also...look up MarloweDK on you tube. He has some good slap tutorials.
  5. aerion


    May 28, 2014
  6. Anything by Sly and Family Stone. A good one to start with is Thankyou For Lettin Me Be Myself. You have to thump and pop on that one and it is fairly easy as it is the same thing throughout the whole song. Another one is Everyday people. That is perfect for slap and mute. You play only one note for the whole song. The trick is to mute the note at the right time. There are videos on YouTube for this. Anything by Larry Graham will do as he is the one who developed the slap/pop technique. There is an excellent hour long video he did where he explains the origin of the slap technique and how he plays several of his tunes. Do check it out, it will help you a lot. There is also an excellent video tutorial from Flea on his style of slap. Good luck. :):cool::bassist:

  7. This video really opened a new door for me, maybe it will help you. And it's from 2 of the best bassists out there.
  8. aerion


    May 28, 2014
    Thank you. As a new bassist i love this website, people are very helpful.
  9. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Banned Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Big Time - Miles Davis (Marcus on bass)
    Rio Funk - Lee Ritenour (Marcus on bass)
    Higher Ground - RHCP - Flea
  10. Just the Two of Us - Bill Withers, GW Jr, Marcus on bass.

    Its Smooth jazz at start -> grooving slap at end of song. It'll help you to transition from fingerstyle to slap smoothly.
  11. RHCP - Higher Ground
  12. Kamatori


    Jan 20, 2012
    Lessons in Love - Level 42
    Hot Water - Level 42

    Those two will help with your endurance.
  13. gscroggin

    gscroggin Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2006
    Not exactly a song per day, but Stu Hamm's "Slap, Pop, and Tap" video really got me going back in the day.
  14. xroads


    Nov 6, 2012
    check for danabgoods on y-tube; he has lots of slap lick tutorials.
  15. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Open Hammer Pluck technique-
    "Lopsy Lu"
    "Silly Putty"
    ...both by Stanley Clarke.

    IMO, "Aeroplane" by the RHCP is cool because you keep the Thumb/Pop hand in a strict 1/16th note rhythm...mute (with the fretting hand) the Notes you want to be Rests.

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