L219 E Slap bass in 1st position

FavoriteLoadingAdd to favorites Some times slap bass in E sounds better and brighter in this position, because of the thinner strings insted on playing the notes on the A and D (as usual) you play them on the D and G strings. You got a more Marcus Miller timbre. Notice how I, after playing the E string mutes it with my left hand thumb

Gbox said,

April 27, 2009 @ 9:12 pm

Thanks Marlowe, it’s been puzzling me! it’s gonna take lots and lots of practice now I know this because as soon as I try playing anywhere near normal tempo, my poor old thumb just cant “connect” to get that back beat!! so long as my wife doesn’t chuck me out for playing the same riff all night long, I should get there!!;-)

Gbox said,

April 26, 2009 @ 7:32 pm

Marlowe, this is a great riff for a beginner! I feel like I’m getting the hang of it, but wonder about one thing. In the really slowed down version, you’re putting in a muted thumb slaps to keep the ryhthm. I can do it at the slow speed, but at normal tempo I just can’t get that thumb to come down for all the muted slaps!. At the normal speed, I can’t see (or hear) whether you are actually playing them….thoughts?!
Otherwise, what can I say, You’re keeping funk alive!!

The muted slaps are there, they are just deafened by the snare drum in the fast version, you can see the thumb falling on the string. The slaps are in fact emulation of the snare drum, to keep a steady rhythm when you play the bassline without backing

leighelmorereilly said,

March 20, 2009 @ 1:17 pm

AWESOME! this is so cool.
You guys are legends.
You guys? No, its just me:)

74jbass said,

March 15, 2009 @ 5:49 am

crazy funk-as usual

NLfunkEd said,

March 13, 2009 @ 11:20 am

Hi, i’m new here.
Just want to say i’m shocked by the recent removal of MarloweDK’s account on YT.

I’ve been playing bass since i was 12 years old until the age of 24. After a pause of 24 years, a half year ago I’ve picked up bassplaying again, mainly inspired by the bass video’s of MarloweDK and funkstar650 (and others).
Now I try to practice every day. I mainly play by ear (and seeing how other bassplayers do it).

The materials here on this site are a great source of inspiration. Thanks for all of this!
Keep up the good work, Thomas


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