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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by gcbake, May 3, 2021.
I've always been drawn to this:
(4:00 min mark for some tasty slap)
Hubert Eaves IV on an MTD, and I like that he uses the technique like a garnish. To use Anthony Jackson's quote of 'slap is the ketchup of the bass world' (paraphrasing) I like it better when it's a spicy mustard that really sets off the dish when used just right. Too much and I need to wash my mouth out.
To0 many slapped notes in succession, at a fast tempo, and IMO a crucial thickness in the low-end disappears and the mix sounds thin and the groove dies.
Marcus would of course be (again IMO) the master at maintaining that fat sound while slapping, and even in that instance, I think he tours with a keyboard player to hold down the 'base' when he's really getting out there.
My dad slaps with his finger tips. Not his thumb. It's pretty unbelievable. His accuracy is insane.
Way too many to pick just one...from Bootsy Collins, Larry Graham, Marcus, Victor, Wojtek and don't forget Davie504. The list can go on and on and on. There's two things I can tell you about the "GOAT"...there is one... and I'm not him!
I was wondering who would mention this guy. Clearly, awesome player with awesome chops. But how is his entire musical presentation not a rip off of Mark King? Except the baseball cap I suppose.
The 16-year-old kid at Guitar Center.
Excluding the usual suspects and considering a new generation, I like Fernando Molinari style.
My top 3 would be:
Dude, Mark White from the Spin Doctors is an absolute BEAST of a bassist. He gets overlooked a bit because most people overlook the band at this point but he can slap with the best of them. Plus he's a super cool dude who will chat all day with you on Instagram.
Thanks for the objective question...a rarity around here. Tough question tho...one cat I really dig is Jay Stave...he’s European I believe...check his cover of The Chicken on YouTube with a host of other stellar players!
Flea. Cuz I'm a R&R guy, and IMO nobody puts more of a R&R attitude behind their slap than him.
If I had to pick 2, Wooten would be next cuz I think he's the most entertaining. One of the most talented and skilled, too.
Marcus Miller, for consistency, tone and taste.
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