Many bass players will slap the bass by alternating their slap and pop.
There is nothing wrong with this approach. But, it can often lead to a busy sounding slap bass groove that feels stiff and is hard to play to.
In this slap bass lesson, you’ll learn 2 things that will make a difference with your slap bass grooves. By focusing more on a drummer like approach, your grooves are sure to stand apart.
Your grooves will also be much easier for others to play along with you.
Your slap bass grooves will really come to life with these 2 things
There are 2 things that you can start doing today that will make your slap bass grooves stand apart.
I got this concept from a bass groove Oteil Burbridge played on a song called “It’s Not The Same Old Thing”. The band was the Aquarium Rescue Unit. The album was “Mirrors Of Embarrassment”.
So here’s how to make your slap bass grooves come to life:
- The first thing you can start doing is to add a backbeat.
- You don’t have to play a backbeat all the time. But, even throwing in a backbeat to your groove once in a while can make things start to bump.
- The second thing you can start doing is to add ghost notes.
- Ghost notes create an underlying rhythmic current.
- Adding a few ghost notes time to time can make your groove start to have propulsion.
- Keep in mind, ghost notes, should be more felt. So keep the dynamics of your ghost notes low.
It’s fine to throw this into your grooves every now and then to propel your groove. But, use your ears when it comes to playing ghost notes to avoid stepping on the drummers toes.
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You can get a lot of slap bass ideas for grooves and exercises from books that drummers often study from. This one is a classic. Check out this book on Amazon: Stick Control: For the Snare Drummer by George Lawrence Stone (2009) Perfect Paperback