Intro to Slap Bass: The Pop
Ian is back in this installment of Intro to Slap Bass, now introducing the “pop” half of slap-and-pop. Learn tools to execute this popular bass technique and get the full effect of how this sound can transform your playing. The Slap Bass technique adds a percussive quality and characteristic to note sounds in modern bass lines. These sounds can be heard in virtually all styles of modern music from rock and pop, to funk, folk, jazz, and more!
Ian gets into the details to provide clear and comprehensive instruction to execute this flawlessly. Popping will be combined with slapping in this lesson, with an emphasis placed on lifting off of the previous note played, giving separation between the notes. Great care will be taken to make sure students are executing this correctly, as bad habits will likely stunt the development of the technique. Modern bass line examples will be used by popular artists.
Topics covered include: Posture, wrist technique, slapping, popping and index finger technique, thumb technique, chromatic notes, octaves, left hand muting, phrasing, technique, stylistic interpretation, groove, funky song examples!
This class is perfect for: Students with basic experience with slap technique or who have completed “Intro to Slap Bass: The Slap”, and also bass players new to the technique of slap-and-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: Pop strings, play consecutive notes on a popped string, combine popping with slapping to play “disco octaves.” Real-world examples will be used, so don’t be surprised if you’re playing some funky bass after this class.
Skills required: (scale from 1-low to 5-high)
- Slapping = 2
- Muting = 2
- Left-right hand sync = 2
- Position shifts = 2
- Reading = 2
When class is over, it’s important to make sure you have all the tools and resources available to maintain a positive learning trajectory.
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