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Hal Leonard Tutorial

Flea - Adventures In Spontaneous Jamming and Techniques

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10 Videos | Length: 55min 27sec
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    Introduction & Background (5:30)


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    Influences (3:45)


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    Equipment (2:48)


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    Working With What You Have (2:26)


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    Effects (3:51)


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    Punk & Funk (8:54)


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    Warming Up (5:22)


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    Picks & Fingers (8:01)


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    Left Hand & Expression (5:27)


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    Droning, Singing, & Flea's Final Thoughts (9:23)


In this vintage Hal Leonard video tutorial series, innovative funk purveyor of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flea, presents an introspective and live performance improvisation with Peppers drummer Chad Smith, hosted by River Phoenix.

Flea discusses the theories, philosophies, styles, sounds and techniques he uses when performing in the style he's famous for: slapping, plucking, thumping and popping, bringing together rock, funk, punk, jazz and Latin like never before.

Saw why Bass Player magazine calls Flea “a trend setter and thrash-funk icon ... whose thumb has been infectiously influential on many young bassists.”


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Born in Australia in 1962, Michael "Flea" Balzary started out as a jazz enthusiast. He was a talented trumpeter growing up. In high school, Flea turned to punk and rock. He formed the Red Hot Chili Peppers with three friends from high school. The band had its first hit album, BloodSugarSexMagik, in 1991. More successes have followed, including 2006's Stadium Arcadium and 2011's I'm With You.

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