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Who is your Favorite Slap Player

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by gcbake, May 3, 2021 at 2:40 PM.

  1. Raoul_Duke

    Raoul_Duke Supporting Member

    Jun 13, 2010
    Not to strike an argumentative tone, because I understand your point, but I have to disagree with this sentiment. I think the point here is that the dude appreciates that guy’s slap style and tone as much as or more than other “better” slappers.

    I know for a fact that my favorite anything is not that which I deem to be “best” or “fanciest”, and that pretty much applies to all of tastes, not just bassists. There is a weird type of stereotyping that happens with slap bass. People seem to see simpler lines as uninteresting, yet the super technical stuff is seen as nonmusical wanking.
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  2. bigdaddybass12


    Feb 26, 2021
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  3. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
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  4. pglaser01


    Mar 19, 2013
    St. Louis, MO
    If only I were that good....
    Danyel Morgan’s work on Robert Randolph and the Family Band “Live From the Wetlands” is pretty stellar to me.
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  5. rashrader


    Mar 4, 2004
    Baltimore, MD
    I really can’t say that I have one…. Uh. Larry Graham?
  6. Raoul_Duke

    Raoul_Duke Supporting Member

    Jun 13, 2010
    I forgot to add my pick. This is difficult! I really like all the R&B guys who use it for accents over their finger stuff. I am also partial to earlier Claypool for the sheer creativity, but I do find him more impressive as a singer and songwriter.
  7. Jeff Hughes

    Jeff Hughes

    May 3, 2020
    Davie 504
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  8. lowendrachel


    Sep 11, 2012
    GTA, Ontario
    Wooten, Claypool, Kai Eckhardt..
  9. Pops Popwell comes to mind - he was on some of the crusaders stuff when Wilton decided to pass on playing bass
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  10. Everyone on youtube who's way better at slap than I am. Back in the 90s I was considered able to slap. Now... I'm not even worthy of saying I can slap, compared to the genius slap stuff people work out all the time now.

    I fully admit that it impresses me like crazy. The timing and rhythm and practice required to do it as well as these people do it is something I really admire.

    And I think ti's cool to listen to.

    There, I said it. I'm a slap junky.

  11. Probably Wojtek Pilichowski. Not everybody's favourite, but certainly one of mine!
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  12. Marcus Miller
    Doug Johns
    Doug Wimbish
    Ryan Martinie
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    MYLOWFREQ Supporting Member

    May 13, 2011
    Very hard to answer because there's a lot of great players, most of them are already mentioned. But if I had to pick, it'd be Alain Caron, Mark King, or Victor Wooten in no specific order.
  14. dougjwray


    Jul 20, 2005
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  15. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    We can hang.
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  16. Agent P

    Agent P

    Apr 3, 2015
    In terms of live feel and sound = BrownMark. His approach directly influenced the way I play rumble/thumb/pop bass today:

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  17. ruju


    Dec 9, 2017
    Marcus Miller!
  18. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    I'll second Larry, but......I have to throw in (with an asterisk) John Entwistle. Larry was the guy who pretty much developed slap to what we know it as today, but John definitely started things with his style of flailing and bouncing strings off of the frets with reckless abandon. Everyone builds on what went before. John got us halfway there, Larry got us pretty much there, and numerous others did some finishing touches.
  19. glocke1

    glocke1 Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2002
    Probably Marcus Miller, he's one of the few for whom slap sounds musical to me.
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  20. Moses Harry Horwitz.:cigar:
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