Who is your Favorite Slap Player

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by gcbake, May 3, 2021.

  1. maxschrek

    maxschrek Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2006
    Chattanooga, TN.
    Louis Johnson
  2. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
    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.
  3. JeezyMcNuggles


    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    My dad slaps with his finger tips. Not his thumb. It's pretty unbelievable. His accuracy is insane.
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  4. oaklandthumb

    oaklandthumb Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2014
    Midwest USA
    Tosin Abasi

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  5. Trailertrash74

    Trailertrash74 Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2020
    Florence AL
    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!
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  6. Ryno1330

    Ryno1330 Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2020
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  7. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    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.
  8. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    The 16-year-old kid at Guitar Center.
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  9. Malafaia


    Jan 30, 2018
    Excluding the usual suspects and considering a new generation, I like Fernando Molinari style.

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  10. SpazzTheBassist


    Jun 20, 2006
    Louis Johnson
    Marcus Miller
    Henrik Linder
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  11. Kevin Hart
  12. Thumpin6string

    Thumpin6string Supporting Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    Shoals Indiana
    My top 3 would be:
    Alain Caron
    John Patitucci
    Kim Stone
  13. OptimalOptimus


    Jan 4, 2019
    Tosin Abasi

    Les Claypool

  14. 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.
  15. Tim Craig

    Tim Craig Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    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!
  16. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    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.
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  17. MasterG


    Dec 21, 2018
  18. Tim Craig

    Tim Craig Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2004
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  19. N4860


    Mar 28, 2017
    Bakithi Kumalo
  20. stingray78

    stingray78 Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2012
    Marcus Miller, for consistency, tone and taste.
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