Who Is This Guy?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by cassanova, Nov 27, 2001.

  1. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    I was in a local music store and saw a bass method book written by Tony Oppenhiem. Ive never heard of this guy before, and was wondering if anyone out here has?
  2. "Slap It" maybe was the book. http://www.slapit.com/

    Great book if you want to learn the old style of slap.
    i.e. no flea no claypool.
  3. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    Holy Sh*t!! You buy that book and you become a 70's funk machine!! Look at the pic in Gruff Puppy's link.:D:D
  4. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    Tony is a member here on talkbass. I don't know if he ever posted though...
  5. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    He hasn't. (member profile) Too bad, really, he seems like a nice player.
  6. I have worked my way through some of the book, it is a real great book. Again like I said it is more towards the 70/80's style of slap. Personally I prefer this style.
  7. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    yeah, thats the book I saw, I dont plan on buying it, at least not yet. Im curious to know who this guys played with tho.
  8. stingray96191


    Jul 27, 2001
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Unofficially Endorsing Ernie Ball Music Man Guitars
    Slap it is by far the best book on learning how to slap that i ahve ever found.

    I found thatr though that book definatly taught the old skool slap method, the skill in it can easily be applied to the newer stuff. Listen to vintage( first albums) Red Hot Chili Peppers, then listen to the cd that comes witht he book. That style was what flea mutated into how he played then, and it can help you too.

    If thats what your going for?

    Have fun with it, thats whats important.

  9. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    My guess is he's played with a lot of people you've never heard of.

    There are a lot of really killer players out there doing the weddings, bar mitzvahs and corporate functions plus recording radio and TV commercials, backing up local songwriters on demos, etc.

    In fact that's what about 90% of all working players REALLY do. It aint all arenas, limos, champagne and hot tub sessions with supermodels.

    If you check out instruction books, very few are written by "big name" players. I mean, who the heck did Mel Bay play with?
  10. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    yeah, ive decided that im gonna get the book, you can never have too many method books imo, and this will help me expand on my slap a bit. Besides that its only $8.95 so why not
  11. Mark Hoppus

    Mark Hoppus Banned

    Dec 3, 2001
    I think he's that guy who does the commercials for 2000 flushes.
  12. uglybassplayer


    Aug 24, 2001
    New Jersey
    I remember seeing a few posts by him recently (a few months ago) over at TBL (The Bottom Line). He wrote Slap-It back in his College days, and until recently had put bass playing on the back burner while concentrating on his day job (whatever that was). I think I remember him mentioning that he had been asked repeatedly by people to put out a "tab" version of the book, and that he was considering some type of follow-up.

    P.S. I just did a quick search of the TBL Archives... Here's a copy of the original post by Tony...


    Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2001 11:23:08 -0400
    From: Tony Oppenheim <tony [at] slapit.com>
    Subject: TAB version of Slap It! - [Yes] or [No]?


    First let me say that I know I'm not an active participant in this list,
    so I feel a little weird just popping up and asking this question. I do
    read the Bottom Line from time to time and enjoy much of what I read, and
    I respect the groups opinion on topics related to bass.

    To answer everyone's first question, I've been largely out of the music
    business since 1985. I still play bass whenever I get the chance, but not
    as a full time working player. The guy who wrote Slap It! WAS a working
    player (fresh out of Berklee) and struggling to find good gigs in NYC.

    For many years I've been busy in the Computer field doing programming and
    consulting work for clients mostly in NYC, but also in other parts of the
    world. (sounds boring, but it's been fun, lots of good toys)

    Technology and family have led me back to the music biz, and I'm
    currently involved (more as a producer than a player) in this project if
    anyone is interested:


    This is a musical theater project, not at all funky, but it is fun. :)

    Ok, now back to the topic at hand...

    I'm very interested in what you all think about this idea.

    I get several requests a week for a TAB version of Slap It!

    Generally when people have contacted me about a TAB version of the book I
    have suggested that they take the opportunity to study standard musical
    notation to gain access to the wealth of material available in that

    OK, so that's sort of a cop out, but I never saw the benefit of studying
    TAB as opposed to standard musical notation. It seems to me, if you can
    learn one, you should be able to learn the other, and there seems to be
    so much more material available to someone who reads standard musical

    That said, I've never used TAB myself, and clearly know very little about

    For instance, are TAB notation rules as strict as standard musical

    Is it possible to convey all the same information in TAB? pitch, rhythm,

    Or is the TAB conveying just the fingering and pitch portion?

    So, do you all think there should be a TAB version of Slap It! ?

    If so, should it be a separate version or should there be just one
    version available that has both notation systems? The book would
    necessarily get bigger, so it would probably result in a higher price.

    Wow, this message got much longer than I intended.

    Thanks in advance for your feedback! I'll be going right to my publisher
    with the results.



    ...And here are some of the replies he received...



    - Frank
  13. And Pacman has a reply.
    That blinky tabevil gets around.

    It is a good book and like you said cassanova it is only nine dollars.
    I have not seen a tab version but that is fine.
  14. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    well if it does'nt come in tab format, what the hell good is it?, how am I going to learn from it? :rolleyes:
  15. P/Funkster


    Oct 17, 2001
    yeah, I play out of that book, its a great book, I actually only have like 2 pages left in it. I'm only 15 but i got so far through the book because i USED to be one of those kids that like just slaps. But not anymore. I am starting to play jazz now. Just leaned how to comp on MAjor/Minor 7th chords, V7th, Diminished &augmented, and 9th chords for what thats worth. Anyway, back to Oppenheim, he went to Berklee if anyone cares, that book came out in like '81 i think, yeah, anyway, i recommed it to anyone who wants to slap. If you get through that book, go down and play those licks in GC and you'll own the place:)