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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. Vinny_G


    Dec 1, 2011
    Larry Graham, Louis Johnson and Marcus Miller.
  2. SpazzTheBassist


    Jun 20, 2006
    +1........often, TB = Kobayashi Maru
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  3. smtp4me


    Sep 30, 2013
    Philadelphia, PA
    I'll second that nomination.

    The following is just one example, but one of my favorites as an overall showcase of Mark's slapping chops. Especially around the 3:40 mark - great googly moogly:
  4. Lee Rocker
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  5. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005

    I would like to add to this list of fine slappers Stanley Clarke who can slap both the electric and the doghouse. And Bootsy.
    Last edited: May 4, 2021 at 1:53 PM
  6. tb-player

    tb-player Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2019
    +1 for Mark King
  7. PockySteve

    PockySteve Supporting Member

    Marcus Miller and Les Claypool
  8. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    So much space between everything it’s ethereal. That is some thick soup for sure.
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  9. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    Valeriy is a MONSTER. If you haven’t already, check out his VSAK6 tunes. Just fantastic and the sound quality/production is other worldly. Headphones or REALLY good speakers are a must.
  10. Low Key

    Low Key Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2007
    Marcus is my favorite. He just has that SOMETHING in his parts that seem more musical, substantive, and soulful to me. I prefer this over the robo-slappers and fretboard acrobatics that dazzle the masses. That stuff is cool too, but Marcus just bakes into the song more musically.

    Obvious credit goes to Larry Graham, the inventor of this technique. We are all in his debt.
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  11. ELG60

    ELG60 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Mark King for me.
  12. Swamp_Ronin


    Jan 15, 2021
    Portland, OR
    Somewhere I read that We Supply was Louis Johnson

  13. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    I much prefer old school style thumpin' & pluckin'! Players like Larry Graham, Marcus Miller, Mark King, Brian Bromberg and many others. Y'all need to check out Marcus 'Slim' Shaw, bassist for 'Brothers Igniting A Groove' AKA B.I.G. Amazing player who can play, sing and dance around while doing it. Dude has a great sound and has a heavy funk groove.
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  14. 39-Bassist


    Jul 7, 2010
    Endorsing Artist for: Brace Audio; Duncan Pickups; Line6, Hipshot, GHS Strings, Somnium Guitars
    I really don't have one, but there are few players I'd like to slap...lol
  15. jmlee

    jmlee Catgut? Not funny. Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2005
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
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  16. SpazzTheBassist


    Jun 20, 2006
    Bootsy's name often gets thrown in slap threads and Im not sure why....he didnt really slap that much. He played a lot of "lead bass" with his fingers and use of effects (my favorite playing of his is on his "The One That Giveth..." album). He was more the Jimi Hendrix of bass than really being a prominent slap player
    Last edited: May 4, 2021 at 2:45 PM
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  17. BlueTalon

    BlueTalon Happy Cynic Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2011
    Eastern Washington
    Endorsing Artist: Turnstyle Switch
    It's pretty much a given for me that, if I see a bass player wearing a thumb band, I'm about to experience some energy.
    Last edited: May 4, 2021 at 5:19 PM
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  18. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    It was both of them but it was on Stanley's album
  19. gcbake

    gcbake Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2007
    Former Ampeg Regional Touring Artist, Currently Playing Overwater Basses
    First I love Anthony's playing and I posted him because he is an awesome educator and old-school slapper and I had just viewed the vid and hence my reason for the post...
  20. I was going to post, but you said it already.
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