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!