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Slap Bass - The Ultimate Guide

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11 Videos | Length: 1hr 44min 45sec
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    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.

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    The Slap

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

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    The Pop

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

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    Octaves

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

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    The Hammer

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

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    Dead Notes

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

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    Left-Hand Slap

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

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    Special Techniques

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

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    Grooving with a Drum Machine

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

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    Building a Groove

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

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    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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Slap Bass - The Ultimate Guide is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 3 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent -real world I've been watching many vids on slap bass. This course is by far the best and most practical I've ever seen. Can't wait to start applying all the excellent technique on offer!!
Date published: 2019-08-06
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Slap Bass Have not completed the videos, but plan to work on in the near future.
Date published: 2019-01-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great for Beginning Slap & Poppers! Very methodical and clear with good examples.
Date published: 2019-01-19
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