Getting a nice sounding and clean slap sound is known to give trouble to beginners when learning how to slap. This must be a crucial moment, as for those who don't get it right (how to produce a slap sound), it must be a very discouraging experience and they might just quit learning how to play slap bass. This is why I'm posting this mini lesson for you, I want to make it easy for you to learn how to slap on the bass.
Hey bass rebels, I’m back with a new post. The slap bass was my holy grail when I was starting out, and it is something I always wanted to learn how to do (I’m still trying hehe). I remember all the metronome beeps and sleepless nights trying to nail the slap licks and figure out the techniques.
Should bass players use effect pedals? It’s always interesting to see reactions guitarists have when they see a bass player laying down a huge pedalboard on stage or in the rehearsal studio. They must be thinking that bass players shouldn't use pedals at all, and there is also a face of disbelief that follows. Once the initial reaction wears off, they start to get interested in the setup and gaze at the pedalboard like it’s a spaceship.
Bass is not really an instrument you just pick up and start learning. In fact, fifteen years ago I didn't have a clue I'll end up playing bass, but eventually I did, and I'm loving it! I’d guess the guitar and piano are the most popular instruments among beginners starting to play music. When you start to play guitar, you can literally play camp-fire songs within a week or two of practicing. That is really satisfying and if you can also sing - then you’ve got the full “I’m a musician” package that you can showcase.
When thinking about what could be the biggest obstacle when learning how to play bass, the first thing that comes to my mind is - staying inspired. I guess this is true for all music instruments, including bass guitar. If we are not inspired, then we won’t pick up the instrument to practice so often.