Attention: Beginner to Intermediate Bass Players Who Want to Learn Slap Bass…
Veteran bass teacher and Berklee grad reveals a new
super simple method for playing slap bass without expensive lessons,
years of tedious practice, or even natural ability.
Slap Bass is the percussive funk bass style that first gained popularity with Larry Graham in the band Sly & the Family Stone in the late 1960’s. Since that time the techniques have been modified and refined by many other bass greats including Louis Johnson, Bootsy Collins, Les Claypool, Flea, Stu Hamm, Mark King, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten, Abraham Laboriel, Fieldy…and many more.
Playing cool slap bass grooves is really just a combination of some special techniques and rhythm. But too often books and DVDs about playing slap bass assume you’re already proficient at the syncopated rhythms used in Funk. They only focus on the techniques.
If you’re missing the rhythmic piece of the puzzle your slap bass lines WILL NOT GROOVE.
This is often why beginner and intermediate bass players who want to have fun playing slap bass give up in frustration.
But have no fear. Learning the types of rhythms needed to play funky slap bass is not hard. You just need to learn a handful of simple “rhythmic words”. Once you learn those words they can easily be combined together into sentences.
…And what better place is there to learn all about rhythms than while learning to play some fun slap bass grooves.
You can play fun great sounding slap bass grooves, even if you have failed at it before…
Introducing Slap Bass Funky Fundamentals
This course is really a combination of learning the fundamentals of slap bass along with building your rhythmic vocabulary. Because the slap bass techniques don’t work without the rhythms. So learning one without the other is a recipe for failure.
That’s what makes this course your recipe for success with what is arguably one of the most fun things you can play on the bass…
What You Will Learn…
Slap Bass Funky Fundamentals is broken down into 8 chapters. Each chapter includes video, detailed written instruction with tablature and jam tracks.
Chapter 1 – The Slap, and Rhythm Basics
The first chapter in this course will teach you “the slap”, as well as get you familiar with some basics of music and rhythms that you will be building on in the next chapters.
Even though the rhythms are simple at this stage, there are some great sounding jam tracks to make things fun.
Learn some essential basic rhythms
Learn about time signatures
Play 4 easy slap bass grooves with jam tracks
Chapter 2 – Getting More Rhythmic
The next chapter is going to help you build your rhythmic vocabulary. As well as introduce another essential slap bass techniques called ghost notes.
Learn 6 Essential rhythm patterns (ie “Rhythmic Words”)
Essential tips on practicing with a metronome or drum beats
….metronome and 142 drum jam tracks are included with the course…
Learn about Ghost Notes. Don’t be scared…these are fun 🙂
Learn all about rests and staccato to give your slap bass lines some needed “punch”.
Learn essential right and left hand techniques for stopping the strings
Play 12 easy slap bass grooves with jam tracks
Chapter 3 – The Pop
The yang of the ying of slap style bass playing is what is called the pop.
Learn the 2nd most essential slap bass technique called the “pop”.
Learn about octaves. The must know shape in slap bass
Play 10 fun slap bass grooves with jam tracks
Chapter 4 – Hammer-ons, Pull-offs & Slides
In this chapter we are going to take a look at a couple of core bass techniques that will add a little extra spice to your grooves.
Build your technique with 4 powerful hammer-on/pull-off exercises
Learn a very important Slap Bass scale.
10 fun slap bass grooves with jam tracks using hammers-ons & pull-offs
Learn 9 slide techniques
Play 4 slap bass grooves with jam tracks using various slide techniques
Chapter 5 – 16th Notes
16th notes are the bread and butter rhythm of Funk. All of the previous chapters have built your vocabulary and understanding of rhythms to bring you to the most important rhythmic patterns for slap bass grooves.
Take the mystery out of playing 16th notes
22 exercises combining 16th notes patterns and octaves to master essential movements
Learn 7 Important Slap/Pop fills
Learn how to build a slap bass groove with “The Funk Erector Set”
Play 21 fun slap grooves with Jam Tracks
Chapter 6 – Slap Groove Playground
This chapter is all about just playing some fun slap bass grooves. The other chapters have focused on learning new techniques and rhythms, but this one is just about groovin’.
Play 15 slap bass grooves with jam tracks
Chapter 7 – The Return of Ghost Notes & The String Snap
This chapter introduces another percussive slap bass tool called “left hand hit ghost notes”.
4 laser targeted exercises to master left hand hit ghost notes
Learn the string snap
Play 7 fun and funky slap bass grooves with jam tracks
Chapter 8 – Other Rhythms & Feels
In this chapter you will learn about 8th and 16th note triplets, as well as 12/8 time.
Learn about “double cross” and “triple cross” hammer-ons.
Play 6 slap bass grooves with jam tracks
Fire of some “Machine Gun” 16th note triplets
[Bonus] Funk Harmony & Music Theory Basics
This bonus chapter will teach some of the basics of music theory that relate directly to Funk music. Things that will help give you some more insight into the grooves in the Slap Bass Funky Fundamentals course, and help you to better create your own grooves.
Learn what makes a Major Scale tick
Learn how to build basic 3 and 4 note chords
Dig deeper into the most important chords used in Funk music
Learn the essential scales used in Funk Music…
What You Will Get…
Here is the “stuff” you will get with your Slap Bass Funky Fundamentals course…
4 hours & 20 mins of Video Bass Lessons
At the core of this course are the videos. See detailed right and left hand views as well as on screen graphics and tablature. Having all of the tablature on screen will help you learn the grooves and moves faster and easier. No searching through the manual and looking in 2 places.
Sample Lesson Video
Here is a lesson for one of the easy grooves from Chapter 6 of the course.
Downloadable Videos & DVDs Available
The videos are available both in a digital download format, and on optional DVDs that will be shipped to you.
The video download files are in .m4v (h.264) format for all you geeks out there 🙂 They are playable on your computer with Apple’s Quicktime Player, iTunes or VLC Media Player (All Free) These videos are playable on both a Windows PC and a Mac.
These video files can also be downloaded and played directly on your iPod, iPhone or iPad. (no discrimination…they do work on Android devices as well)
76 Page Manual (PDF & Optional Spiral Bound Book)
The 76 page manual for Slap Bass Funky Fundamentals not only has all of the tablature and diagrams, but also includes detail written instructions.
There are Music Stand Printout PDFs for each chapter of the manual. These will let you printout just want you need for practice without the written instruction.
(Bonus) Funk Harmony & Music Theory Basics
This guide is not going to go crazy into music theory. Just some of the basics that relate directly to Funk music. Things that will help give you some more insight into the grooves in the Slap Bass Funky Fundamentals course, and help you to better create your own grooves.
91 MP3 Band Jam Tracks
The course includes 91 full band jam track to make practicing the slap bass grooves and exercises fun. Below are a few samples.
Band Jam Track Sample 1
Band Jam Track Sample 2
Band Jam Track Sample 3
142 MP3 Drum Jam Tracks
As well as the full band jam track the course includes 142 drum jam tracks. The drum jam tracks are split into 9 different “Funky Drummers” with a full range of speeds for each drum style. Below are a few samples.
Drum Jam Track Sample 1
Drum Jam Track Sample 2
Drum Jam Track Sample 3
(Bonus) Metronome for Mac & PC
The jam tracks are a lot of fun to play with, but sometimes you just need an old fashion metronome to work on your rhythms and timing.
Here’s What To Do Next…
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Choose Your Version – Physical DVDs or Digital Download
Choose whether you would like the Digital Download Only version of the course, or would like the DVDs shipped to you below.
8 .m4v Videos (4 hrs – 20 min)
74 pg PDF Manual
233 MP3 Jam Tracks
3 NTSC Region Free DVDs (4 hrs – 20 min)
74 pg PDF Manual, 233 MP3 Jam Tracks
Free Instant Digital Download Access
1 Data DVDs with all Digital Download Files
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Have a good one!
Your Slap Bass Teacher & CyberfretBass.com Founder