Forbes Music Company

Intro to Slap Bass: Double Slaps, Dead Notes & Slides

Class Details
In this segment of Intro to Slap Bass, go beyond basics and learn to execute double slaps, dead notes, and slides with real song examples.
October 4, 2020
4.00pm - 4.50pm
$9.99 Per Ticket

Intro to Slap Bass: Double Slaps, Dead Notes & Slides

Building on your basic basic skills, Ian takes you to the next level in this class to introduce articulations such as double slaps, dead notes, and slides. While not exclusive to only slap bass, these techniques, played in the context of slap bass, can add an array of exciting articulations. The Slap Bass technique adds a percussive quality and characteristic to note sounds in modern bass lines. These new articulations will develop the sound further and add an arsenal of colorful characteristics to your sound. Slap Bass can be heard in virtually all styles of modern music from rock and pop, to funk, folk, jazz, and more!

Ian leaves no stone unturned here, helping students understand the nuances of these techniques and how to properly execute to sound like a pro. Double slaps, dead notes and slides, all require precision and exceptional time feel. These skills can be applied well beyond the slap-and-pop style and will add much to your overall sound. Technique is stressed heavily to avoid bad habits. Combining colorful techniques with the basic slap and pop, gives bass players the tools to create technically sound, modern, funky bass lines. Examples will be used by popular artists for some real world context.

Topics covered include: Double slaps, slides, dead notes, 8th notes, 16th notes, muting, slapping, popping, octaves, phrasing, technique, stylistic interpretation, groove, funky song examples!

This class is perfect for: Students with basic experience with slap and pop technique, students looking to expand their repertoire of skills in the slap bass style, bass players looking to expand their skills and technical proficiency, and those who have completed “Intro to Slap Bass: The Slap” and “Intro to Slap Bass: The Pop”. Fans of funk, RnB, soul, and gospel music will benefit from this course. Basic understanding of reading rhythms will be helpful, however tabs will be provided for those who can’t read notation.

After this class, you will be able to: Use dead notes, double slaps, and slides effectively, and incorporate into traditional slap and pop bass lines. Real-world examples will be used, so be prepared to play some very cool bass lines!

Skills required: (scale from 1-low to 5-high)

  • Slapping = 3
  • Popping = 3
  • Muting = 2
  • Left-right hand sync = 2
  • Position shifts = 2
  • Reading = 2

Add-On Purchases

When class is over, it’s important to make sure you have all the tools and resources available to maintain a positive learning trajectory.

In addition to signing up for and attending an online group music class, attendees will have the option to purchase a recording of the class, to help reinforce all the concepts covered and never forget a thing! This way, you can access the content and information whenever you need it at any time. 

Take the class. Get the video. You’re all set!

Office Hours

Need a quick refresher of something you did in a class? Did you forget a chord, a fingering, or short melodic phrase? 

Office Hours are short, 15-minute scheduled online “lessons” that serve the primary purpose of getting quick, extra help, better explanations, or short refreshers from a teacher outside of your normal class or lesson time. Office Hours can only be scheduled as an online session and are not available for in-home. 

Office hours are a great way to follow up with a teacher after an online class to get a one-on-one explanation of complicated concepts.

Popular Questions

Signing up for classes is easy! Find featured upcoming classes, including a list of offerings and a course calendar on our website. Select “Buy Tickets” to register. Learn more. >>
Online classes do not require significant setup or investment in order for you to take part. You just need your instrument, your internet connection, and your device. Learn more. >>
After completing your purchase, you will receive a link to the event content in your confirmation email. On the class day/time, you will click the video meeting room link to join. Learn more. >>
We understand communication online is different than in person. Because of this, it is very important to understand common rules for good online etiquette. Learn more. >>
It is not required for students to prepare their own materials in advance. Teachers will have all the required materials prepared, and will share them once the class begins. Learn more. >>
Yes, indeed! We do have Office Hours available to students. It’s a great way to book short segments of time without the need to sign up for expensive private lessons. Learn more. >>