Slap Happy: Exploring the Slap Style

I’ll admit it.  I’m not a great slap bass player.  The technique never felt comfortable to me.  Can I slap if the song calls for it?  Sure, I can get through the gig.  But with a little patience and practice, I think we can do better than that.

Let’s start with a great video from Scott Devine of Scott’s Bass Lessons.  I highly recommend checking out his website.  In this video he teaches the basics of slapping, beginning with rudimentary rhythms and patterns.  A great place to start.


Next is a video by MarloweDK of Play Bass Now. Another great lesson site.  Check it out here.  In this video he demonstrates basic slapping, ghost notes, left hand muting, and hammer-ons.  This video is part 1 of a six part series.  Slap it!