5 Easy Slap Pop Riffs
These five slap bass riffs are great practice material for putting the basic slap and pop techniques to work. All five riffs are featured in the Simple Steps To Slap Bass Course
Slap Riff #1
This slap riff is a very straightforward octave pattern running from G to C and back down the scale. Simply slap the notes on the lower strings (the E and A) and pop the notes on the higher strings (D and G). This is a classic slap pattern that you’ll immediately recognise as the sort of thing you’d hear from the disco era. Remember: we’re not interested in speed here – just getting the technique under your fingers. When you’re comfortable with what you’re playing you can think about speed.
Slap Riff #2
Another simple pattern, but this time with a slightly more accented rhythmic feel. You’ll need to ‘choke’ some of the notes – which is an important part of many slap riffs. There are also some slides between notes which really add to the slickness of the line – and again this is a very common technique used in classic slap bass riffs.
Slap Riff #3
Slap Riff #4
Slap Riff #5