Do you want to be able to use both hands in your slap bass grooves? Victor Wooten, Oteil Burbridge, and Brian Bromberg do this all the time.
In this slap bass lesson, I’ll show you exactly how you can do that.
Grab your bass. It’s time to expand your slap bass technique by incorporating both hands into your slap bass grooves.
You can expand your slap bass technique using both hands
This slap bass lesson demonstrates a technique that is often used by many drummers.
This technique can be used in your slap bass grooves to add an underlying rhythm.
If you are looking to expand your slap bass playing then this bass lesson video is for you.
Here’s how this works:
- Your fretting hand will hammer on a bass line.
- Your other hand will slap and pop muted ghost notes in the space of the bass line.
To make this easier, keep your focus on the fundamental pulse. It can be easy to get distracted with the muted ghost notes. The main pulse of your bass groove is what your ear should be locking to.
When you get a hang of this, add dynamics to your ghost notes. Keep them very quiet. Every now and then, raise the level of dynamics to make them jump out.
Linear bass grooves are cool because they sound like a lot of notes are going on. But, it’s actually not that complicated.
I don’t recommend playing all your slap bass grooves this way. It does have a busy sound and can get in the drummer’s way sometimes. But, this can be effective to splash this in parts of your bass groove to give it a little boost. It can also sound good when you are taking a bass solo.
Linear slap grooves feel like an entire band is playing with you.
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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