Clean Up Your Slap Technique

2019-02-13T11:36:01+00:00October 10th, 2014|Categories: Slap Bass|4 Comments

This lesson deals with cleaning up your slap technique. I’ve taught slap bass to many students and the most popular problem tends to be a lack of control over muting and accuracy of the thumb.

Here I try to get around this problem by changing your perspective. You should think of muting and silence first and the notes come second to that. This is achieved by using what I consider a home position. Check it out!

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  1. Jeffrey.Strough October 13, 2014 at 9:38 am - Reply

    Mark Smith’s instruction course is so very, very good. His technique to approaching one of the many groovy riffs is beautiful. It’s so understandable. Easy to follow. And when it comes to music theory, Mark’s layout of arpeggio’s, scales & modes etc., are so very clear.
    I have been plucking on my bass, since I was a kid back in the late 50’s. I grew up with the Smothers brothers, early Ed Sullivan, English Invasion, 60’s, 70’s, until now. A 14 yr. stretch on 6 string as Worship leader in a local church. Anyway, now I’m 64 & I have a GREAT desire to relearn my Bass. Upon searching the internet, I bumped into Mark’s “”. I’m learning so much more than I ever knew. What a blast ! Hey . . . no more plucking, NOW I’M PLAYING ! Thanx Mark. And to the whole Talking Bass Team”

  2. Miguel January 9, 2015 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    If I had come across this lesson years ago, I would have saved myself long hours of frustration and pointless practice. Thanks so much for your great material. You explain subtle concepts in a way that enables me, a non gifted player, overcome my obstacles. BTW, I just realised that I bought your scales book exactly one year ago; I’ve read many books on that matter and yours is clearly the best. Thank you again.

  3. Mark Barletta February 9, 2015 at 2:22 am - Reply

    I wasted so much time back when computers where not available trying to learn how to play bass correctly.
    Now we have all that we do and a certain type music is popular, no bass, no guitar , wow this generation got ripped off, I hear guys trying to play computer game music .

    What we hear at the age of 14 inspires us for the rest of our life and I use to listen to Rock ‘n Roll.
    But that error is over and Jazz is my thing now. At 58 its what I like the most, Marcus Miller type music.

  4. Shane Styles January 24, 2016 at 5:54 am - Reply

    Brilliant…. Needed a slap clean up… But didnt know how to go about it. Thought it was all in the thumb, but that’s only part of it… Some very practical wisdom here. Thanks again.

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