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Slap Bass: Did It Ever Sound Good?

Yeah, this one time...
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No, never. It's always been crap.
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Slap Bass: Did It Ever Sound Good?

Postby a. james on Mon Jul 24, 2006 4:33 am

the technique of slapping a bass with the thumb and popping strings with your fingers?

was it ever used well?

who?
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Postby Mama Clortho on Mon Jul 24, 2006 4:48 am

No.
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Postby scott on Mon Jul 24, 2006 4:54 am

If history is any indicator, it will be about 13 to 5, CRAP
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Postby NerblyBear on Mon Jul 24, 2006 8:54 am

Y'all are forgetting that there have indeed been a FEW interesting bass players who have "slapped":

Mike Watt


And by "few" I meant "one".

That is all.
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Postby tmidgett on Mon Jul 24, 2006 9:43 am

Larry Graham, who invented it, I think.

Bootsy Collins.

Bernard Edwards, who mostly did it with his fingertips and the very edge of his fingernails.
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Postby BadComrade on Mon Jul 24, 2006 10:34 am

Yeah, other than Larry Graham, Bootsy, and Mike Watt, I don't really have any desire to hear people play in this style, mainly because they over do it.

My friend Jauqo (who I've mentioned many times before on this board) is one of the -best- bass players I know of, and he can play circles around pretty much anyone when it comes to "slap bass", yet he hardly ever plays that way, mainly because he feels like it's way over used. Here's a 2 minute long clip of him demonstrating the "slap technique" at an all bass concert / clinic he did about a year ago in Detroit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RluwvnVJ-NM

I could spend the next 50 years having him try and teach me how to play that way, and I still wouldn't be able to do it, so I have to give him a "not crap" as well. He lived and studied with Ornette Coleman, and I taught myself how to play bass to CDs in my bedroom... so I guess that makes a bit of a difference.

Jauqo and I also know this guy Bill who has to tap, because he lost his hand and forearm years ago in a factory accident. He gets a "not crap" waiver from me as well. The first time I met him, he asked me if he could play Jauqo's bass. I figured he was just gonna tap out some slow "Motown-esque" bass line or something. After I saw him play, I ran around the entire convention center looking for Jauqo to tell him he had to see this guy play, because this is how he plays:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj6-gohzsaE
(edit, I accidentally posted a clip of Doug Wimbish here, whoops!)
Here's another clip where you can actually hear the notes he's playing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p68fUw4ll8A

Granted, I don't really like the "rock fusion" style of music he plays, but god damn... He's a better than most two handed bass players.

So, If you invented the style, can use it tastefully, or are forced to use it, not crap. If you're some hack that's just trying to play like your idol, crap.
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Postby tmidgett on Mon Jul 24, 2006 10:39 am

My favorite slap bass thing is the 'root to flat-7 to octave' thing that every goddamn guy does, even when a flatted 7th is completely inappropriate musically. It's just easy to do, so dudes do it.
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Postby the Classical on Mon Jul 24, 2006 10:44 am

Is it still called "pop/slap" when a person does it on an upright bass? Or this only an electric bass thing, cuz I have seen upright bass player do a sort of vers of this and it can be cool.
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Postby buzzsaw on Mon Jul 24, 2006 1:17 pm

darren grey in dazzling killmen = not crap
there are plenty of crap examples though.
it never can be fully crap because of darren grey
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Postby emmanuelle cunt on Mon Jul 24, 2006 1:41 pm

this is not crap at all.
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Postby horsewhip on Tue Jul 25, 2006 1:56 am

Not when used by white folks.
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Postby Tommy Alpha on Tue Jul 25, 2006 5:08 pm

can't believe this guy hasn't popped up yet

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVLMsJ22i4o

or for that matter this one

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjAdfQ4MmYk

i'll let you decide
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Postby Richard on Mon Feb 26, 2007 1:00 pm

Thoughts, Boombats?
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Postby Boombats on Mon Feb 26, 2007 1:36 pm

Richard wrote:Thoughts, Boombats?


I'm still trying to figure out Horsewhip's (Slavewhip?) comment.

horsewhip wrote:Not when used by white folks.
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Postby MRoyce on Mon Feb 26, 2007 1:51 pm

If someone posts a Victor Wooten clip here they deserve to burn in hell while listening to nothing but that dudes solos.

I'm sure I liked it in one song once, though nothing sticks out more negative than slap bass in non-funk music to my ears.
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Re: Slap Bass: Did It Ever Sound Good?

Postby Boombats on Mon Feb 26, 2007 2:04 pm

that damned fly wrote:the technique of slapping a bass with the thumb and popping strings with your fingers?

was it ever used well?

who?


OK, I'll take the bait. This poll is unscientific (not that it was intended to be) because the EA demographic largely disapproves of the genres of music in which "slap bass" prevails. Go to a prog/funk/fusion/jam/bass oriented forum and the results will be completely different, not because the technique is any more valid but because the readers will inevitably have a favorite band with that bass style.
It's easy to knock slapping here at EA. The technique is out of place in the scenario of indie or whatever folks here are into, thus the notion is ridiculous and a straw-man arguement. It doesn't make sense to play slapstyle in a Shellac rip-off band, now does it?




Oh, and playing bass with a pick is for girls (unless you are being paid to do so). Get your hands dirty!





Sorry girls, Johnny didn't mean that
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Postby Boombats on Mon Feb 26, 2007 2:50 pm

Bump.


I play bump-style bass.
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Postby sharko on Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:05 pm

No, slap bass never sounded good.

Bass as an *instrument* has never really sounded good.

Come to think of it, bass kind of sucks as a register.
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Re: Slap Bass: Did It Ever Sound Good?

Postby jcamanei on Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:11 pm

Boombats wrote:
that damned fly wrote:the technique of slapping a bass with the thumb and popping strings with your fingers?

was it ever used well?

who?


OK, I'll take the bait. This poll is unscientific (not that it was intended to be) because the EA demographic largely disapproves of the genres of music in which "slap bass" prevails. Go to a prog/funk/fusion/jam/bass oriented forum and the results will be completely different, not because the technique is any more valid but because the readers will inevitably have a favorite band with that bass style.
It's easy to knock slapping here at EA. The technique is out of place in the scenario of indie or whatever folks here are into, thus the notion is ridiculous and a straw-man arguement. It doesn't make sense to play slapstyle in a Shellac rip-off band, now does it?




Oh, and playing bass with a pick is for girls (unless you are being paid to do so). Get your hands dirty!





Sorry girls, Johnny didn't mean that


agree.
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Postby Boombats on Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:41 pm

sharko wrote:No, slap bass never sounded good.

Bass as an *instrument* has never really sounded good.

Come to think of it, bass kind of sucks as a register.


Hello Sock Puppet. I guarantee you are an alias of one of the sore-asses who was dissatisfied that N/C was winning. TD Fly perhaps?
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