How To Play Slap Bass – Using Ghost Notes For Dat Funky Sound

2019-02-09T14:42:41+00:00January 9th, 2014|Categories: Slap Bass|8 Comments

This is the second in the series of lessons on slap bass from Mark J Smith at This lesson covers the use of muted notes or ghost notes in getting that funky sound we all want.

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Exercise 1

Exercise 2

Exercises 3 and 4

Exercise 5

Exercises 6 and 7

Exercises 8 and 9

Exercise 10

Exercise 11

Exercise 12

Exercise 13

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  1. […] How To Play Slap Bass #2 – Ghost Notes For Dat Funky Sound […]

  2. Clemens Bennink April 17, 2014 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    Hi Mark,

    Very cool site, adequate and helpful. Try to study as much as possible the stuff you offer.

    All the best from Tilburg (Netherlands), Clemens

  3. Mark Barletta February 9, 2015 at 1:26 am - Reply

    Mark this is the first time for me to play muted notes and it was hard at first but I got use to it and fit it in.
    Its kind of like a drum beat in a way, this is what Larry Graham said because they had no drummer
    and his bass playing had to compensate for the drummer.

    This really sounds good and I had lots of fun learning it.
    It even made me laugh because I kept hitting a note instead of a ghost note.
    Thank you very much for your dedication in teaching guys like me.
    I’m having great fun with my new Fender Jazz bass, my Ibanez is very light and it plays slap bass pretty good.

    Mark S Barletta

  4. Mark Barletta March 23, 2015 at 12:58 am - Reply

    Well I have caught on to the ghost notes while playing slap style bass, I can do this just fine finger playing.
    But its a entire different thing making ghost notes fit in with slap style bass playing. Got to be fast and good.

    How do I delete that message I left above this one, what was I thinking ,its embarrassing now when I read it.

  5. Prachetas Nayse April 29, 2017 at 5:38 am - Reply

    Hey Mark. Nice video. Can you make a tutorial for RHCP Can’t Stop ? I am having trouble understanding the rhythm, and everywhere I look, the bass line seems to be different. Would appreciate if you did it.

    Your lessons are amazing 😀

  6. shaun rensburg December 29, 2017 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    Hello Mark.
    I have been trolling the internet for lessons on how to slap but have been left completely despondent as no one would explain in practice and in detail how to slap. Many supposedly slap videos are so slim on detail that it leaves one no where but where you started – not being able to slap. I find your tutorial very simple to follow and for the first time I find myself understanding exactly what the left hand should do on the fret board. Thank you for your time and detailed explanations.

    Shaun ( South Africa)

  7. german perez bottesi April 24, 2018 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    Finally I began to understand how to slap. Thanks to you Mark!
    Since a year from now, I’ve been watching and learning everything from your free lessons map. It’s just incredible. Thank you so much for everything you put down here.

  8. Pneurd December 7, 2018 at 2:49 am - Reply

    Another gem, Mark. This one is packed with great licks and practice drills like many others. Thanks so much for the great teaching!

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