This week we’re looking at what I consider the 5 MUST KNOW slap bass riffs. We’ve got some Flea in there, a little Larry Graham, a splash of Mark King and more. So buckle up and get ready for some awesome slap bass action!
Slap Bass Riff Timings:
1) Higher Ground – Red Hot Chilli Peppers (Flea) – 1:48
2) Thankyou Falletinme Be Mice Elf Agin – Sly & The Family Stone (Larry Graham) – 10:14
3) Love Games – Level 42 (Mark King) – 18:26
4) Take The Power Back – Rage Against The Machine (Tim Commerford) – 29:53
5) Forget Me Nots – Patrice Rushden (Freddy Washington) – 35:23
Learning songs is your key to success!
Much of the previous Slap lessons dealt with the mechanics and technique of playing the style. But that is such a small part of learning to slap. The best progress can be made once you have those basics nailed so you can just dive into learning some tunes.
In this lesson I’ve covered 5 of the most popular bass riffs out there that should be within the reach of anyone with a basic grasp of the playing style. If you find any of these riffs too difficult just be sure to check out the Simple Steps To Slap Bass course here at Talkingbass. I work through every area of the slap technique from the absolute basics, all the way through to advanced double thumbing and machine gun bass fills!
Slap Bass Riff #1 – Higher Ground
Slap Bass Riff #2 – Thankyou Falletinme Be Mice Elf Agin
Riff #3 – Love Games
Slap Bass Riff #4 – Take The Power Back
Slap Bass Riff #5 – Forget Me Nots
Just hit the button below to download a .zip file containing each backing track at every practice tempo. You can also view the tab PDF as a separate download
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