If you're new to the wonderful world of slap bass then this lesson is for you! Actually, I dive fairly deep into the techniques so if you can already slap, there's plenty for you to get your teeth into.
It's essential to play in time and, if you want to improvise, you need to know what notes play. That's also covered in the video lesson below.
Scroll down to download the drumbeat backing and the free PDF.
Slap Bass Technique
You need to know about articulations to play slap well. This lesson will help:
Muting is also key as you don't want strings ringing out as you're flying all over the neck.
How To Improvise Slap Bass
Use the E Dorian and E Minor Pentatonic scales as a starting point for your improvisation. If you want to solo using these notes, this lesson will help:
Once your technique is solid and you have a good grasp of timing and phrasing, the notes below will provide a good selection for you to use.
How To Play Slap Bass In Time
Nothing you play will sound good if your timing is sloppy. Spend a lot of time working on your groove! These lessons will help you:
Here's the drumbeat I used in the video for you to play along to once you feel comfortable.