Funky Slap Bass Fills & How To Practice Them

2017-11-04T10:52:16+00:00August 30th, 2013|9 Comments

Here’s a few ideas on slap bass fills and an interesting method for practicing them. As well as the standard Mark King style triplets I also cover more straightforward melodic lines and some funky mute techniques.

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  1. DALE FENWICK February 2, 2015 at 6:43 am - Reply

    I think will help me lot . as I see you start slow then move to the next level.

  2. Mark Barletta February 11, 2015 at 1:24 am - Reply

    I’m finding it hard to slap my bass strings well enough for the sound I need or want . Most of the time I’m trying to be not so loud because of the person living under me , I don’t need them complaining about my bass playing and its affecting the outcome of my practicing . I know where to slap and how hard to hit but holding back because of neighbors has ultimately affected my practice time and I don’t know what to do about it, I bought some headphones and I use them after 7 pm.

    I got my amplifier up off the floor and set it on a chair and padded it to keep it from vibrating downward.
    I really need my practice time to be affective and not hold back.

    can anyone suggest what to do !!!!

    Mr. Desperate Bass player, needing to learn the , slap , pop , mute , ghost note , palm hit , style playing .

  3. Name March 10, 2015 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    Get Headphones 😛

    • Mark S Beretta April 18, 2016 at 10:04 pm - Reply

      I got headphones but started hearing a ringing noise while not playing .
      Plus after 2 hours I have cauliflower ears , OUCH’ gosh dang it.
      We can satisfy some people part of the time , not all people most of the time , too many people looking to complain.
      I wish they would leave me be.

  4. Rajesh February 22, 2016 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    I plug my earphones to the amp.

  5. steve jeter March 21, 2016 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    this is great!! I will learn it

  6. Mark S Beretta April 11, 2016 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    It’s been over a year I last commented and O boy what a ride it’s been.
    I found ultimately it takes time and practice then I’m good to play.
    Out of everything I’ve learned and finally got down my timing has been the hardest.
    The muted plucks slap style was the hardest for me , vibratey strings finally calmed down w/out a cuff.
    Lady below me is a shut in , no problem there I think she likes my bass playing now that it sounds decent.
    I wish I had longer fingers and big hands but that’s okay I make it work.
    I would have never picked my bass up again if not for Mark and Paul.
    The kid Davie504 is a excellent bassist , I think there’s more to that than what meets the eye , I could be wrong , I was once before maybe twice.
    Thanks much Mark ,,,

  7. Pat Mcintosh May 19, 2016 at 2:41 am - Reply

    Would be great to get the sheet music for the examples played at 5.00 minutes

  8. Patrik Zárate October 27, 2018 at 5:16 am - Reply

    This will help a lot. But i think its gonna be a while.
    Tanks and greeting from Perú.

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