Bass Tutorial

Slap Bass - The Ultimate Guide

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11 Videos | Length: 1hr 44min 45sec
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  • Intro Jam & Funk Setup 8:12

    Intro Jam & Funk Setup

    In this first video, we are introduced to bassist Ed Friedland through an intro jam and then we tune and set up together.

  • The Slap 9:06

    The Slap

    In this video, we start with the basics of the right hand slap.

  • The Pop 4:05

    The Pop

    Here, we go over the other crucial part of the technique, the pop.

  • Octaves 12:01


    Ed goes over octaves and how they related to a good slap style.

  • The Hammer 12:07

    The Hammer

    Adding another technique to the funk bass toolbox, we learn about the left hand hammer.

  • Dead Notes 5:12

    Dead Notes

    In this video, we learn about dead notes and how to incorporate them into our sonic palette of funk.

  • Left-Hand Slap 8:59

    Left-Hand Slap

    Next, we go over a powerful technique using the left hand.

  • Special Techniques 12:46

    Special Techniques

    Ed goes over other techniques that are beyond the basics of the slap and pop.

  • Grooving with a Drum Machine 18:20

    Grooving with a Drum Machine

    Here, we go over playing to a tempo using a drum machine.

  • Building a Groove 6:49

    Building a Groove

    Taking all that we've learned so far, we put it together in a real world musical context.

  • Funk History & Closing Jam 7:08

    Funk History & Closing Jam

    In this final video, Ed talks about a few funk pioneers and then ends the lesson with a closing jam.

Product Overview

In this Hal Leonard video tutorial series, bass master Ed Friedland presents Slap Bass - The Ultimate Guide. This in-depth video tutorial series provides instruction on slapping, popping, left-hand integration, dead notes, and more dangerous techniques.

Learn a dedicated groove for each new technique; grooving with a drum machine; funk history - the hallowed grooves of the Funk Triumvirate; slow demos; tips on sound; creating your own grooves; and much more!

Includes a downloadable PDF booklet with notation and tab for all examples.

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