2. Your input on bass dvd?

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UPDATE April 13

New split screen test for my upcoming “Beginning Slap Bass DVD”, and this time the question is:

Should I include both version of split screeens and if yes, which is the most important to show first – the one which favors the fretting hand or the one favoring the plucking hand?

Focus on left fretting hand

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Focus on right plucking hand

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All  below is from the old test:

THANK YOU all for your input:-), I agree that the first one that uses the whole screen area is best – but in “defense” of the second:  I was maybe ay thinking of including some tab/text in the empty black squares.

But I think that will be included on another screen.

Another thing – there will probably be NO talking at all on this DVD – just playing and closeups more “internationally”  usable 😉

ETA – probably beginning of  June

No digital downloads – if its going to get illegally copied… it will at least require some work!


Hi all

As some of you might know, Im working on a beginning slap bass DVD.

And  I want to get your opinions on “split screen” breakdowns of basslicks

So, watch the two examples of a closeup lick “breakdown” and put a comment of which format you would prefer

Other suggestions are also welcome:-)

(The final product will be in color)



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Rain-baud said,

July 10, 2011 @ 4:08 am

Split screen test 1:
-in the same area of the screen you see all you want, both right and left hand, more easy on the eye (don’t have to look after another side of the screen to see the other hand)
-that covers all the fretboard, i think that it’s worth than a little close-up, specially if you want to show exercices that covers all the fretboard.
-in this test you enlarged the right hand close-up, a good initiative if you want to show more advanced right hand techniques.

stephenneptune022 said,

June 9, 2011 @ 4:27 am

Go with the first one.

Gibbonzaiy said,

April 22, 2011 @ 9:06 pm

I’ll go with the first one:) To me, it seems like the kamera can’t keep up with your thumb on test 2, so there fore i choose number 1

ricardo5595 said,

April 18, 2011 @ 8:53 pm

I prefer the 1st option but i will be better if you can put both :)

Finn said,

April 16, 2011 @ 11:00 pm

I think you if you could include both and give an option to choose between them on the DVD it would be superb. Because regardless of which way you do it, some are going to be happy with it and some unhappy, but if you give an option, everyone is happy. For example, for certain things like double thumb I would want to see the right hand more, but for things like muting with the left hand, I would want to see the left. Just something to think about.
Can’t wait for it to come out!

Joeglow said,

April 15, 2011 @ 7:31 pm

If there’s a way to include both then I’d opt for that. Perhaps showing a little of the close up of the fretting hand and then a close up of the slap/plucking hand still both with the little windows to show that its still the same thing going on.

PS can’t wait for the DVD.

toad said,

April 14, 2011 @ 6:39 am

definitely 1st. both hands are easy to obsrve

MarloweDK said,

April 13, 2011 @ 9:45 pm

Thx Sebu:-)

Sebu said,

April 13, 2011 @ 9:20 pm

I prefer the fretting hand close-up marlowe!!
What a great work, beautiful videos!!

soporific said,

April 13, 2011 @ 5:58 pm

Right hand!

RadDaddy said,

April 13, 2011 @ 5:43 pm

I like the one with the left hand focus because I best see what each hand is doing. The right hand focus makes it too difficult to see the details of the left hand is doing. Sometimes in your videos I have a little difficulty in seeing which left-hand finger is pressing the string because your hand is so relaxed. In contrast, I rarely have difficulty seeing which right-hand finger is being used or which string is being slapped/popped.

Gabriel51 said,

April 13, 2011 @ 4:26 pm

Focus on left fretting hand

Axel R said,

April 13, 2011 @ 3:46 pm

Well, in my opinion…
When your thumpin’ tha bass both hands are equally important, especially when your muting or hammering with your left hand.
That’s why I would say that you keep the right hand largest and enlarge the screen for the other hand.

Keep thumpin’. (and pluckin’ of course.)

pudsy440 said,

April 13, 2011 @ 2:01 pm

Since it’s a “slap” bass dvd, I would think the right hand is the focus, if it was just bass lines, obviously you could play it any way you like, a pick, your fingers, your nose … :) The idea of having both versions on the dvd may not be bad for some people, for myself the small inset of the left hand is plenty visible, especially if you’re watching it full screen or on a tv.

Jan Stankiewicz said,

April 13, 2011 @ 12:56 pm

That’s a difficult one. Showing the right hand first seems to make more sense to me, since that’s where the slapping and popping happens. Also, I think showing the right hand first encourages people to try playing the notes by ear first, which is never a bad thing of course. But showing the left hand first has the advantage that people can see better which notes are actually played, before they see how they are played. I’m tempted to say that the right hand should be shown first.

rpsequeira said,

April 13, 2011 @ 11:01 am

The left hand

mixx80 said,

April 13, 2011 @ 10:09 am

The right hand ! Great that you are doing this ! But I also wish that you were covering more topics . But that DVD will be in my collection anyway !

MarloweDK said,

April 13, 2011 @ 9:56 am

Everything below this comment is from the old test

MarloweDK said,

April 8, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

Hi Edde, pdfs will be included on the DVD, and mayby also as a “slideshow”

edde said,

April 8, 2011 @ 8:09 am

Sorry bit late, first one for me. I get the idea of the tab in the second but I find that when you don’t have a tab it will make you try harder and sharpen you listening skills. I assume it is very high quality so you can slow it down…. Maybe you can add tabs on paper or better as pdf download, saves some paper/postage and people will only print what they need. Can’t wait till June! Will you be coming to Italy for holidays? Bring one I’ll provide sleeping space 😉 Ciao!

MarloweDK said,

April 4, 2011 @ 8:53 pm

Good idea, I’ve allready shot the footage, but I will do a test with the closeup neck “upside down”

Hanzepans said,

April 4, 2011 @ 8:44 pm

Hi Marlowe,

I have a suggestion: Almost all bass/guitar tutorials are filmed from the front, just as a live teacher would sit in front of you. However, when you try to learn form those video’s, you always have to transpose the things you see to your own neck, because you are sitting the other way around.

In fact it is MUCH easier to learn how to play a certain pattern if you see it on the screen in the SAME position as your own bass neck when you are playing. What I mean is that you see the neck as if it were your own neck, think of it as an “over the shoulder” cam.

I’m doing some simple bass tutorial video’s as well on youtube ( http://youtube.com/animotionman ) and have not yet found a way how to film this (because it is a difficult angle to film) but I truly believe this alternative camera angle will make learning much easier. Think about it, you might be the first to get this right!

All the best, and I will be buying your DVD when it comes out!


RadDaddy said,

April 4, 2011 @ 2:10 am

I learned how to play slap almost solely from your beginner/intermediate lessons 1-6. Thank you for those! Your verbal explanations were very helpful in those videos especially when you talked about subtle techniques. Also, your narration helped the lessons move at a good slow pace so that a beginner slapper like me could more easily absorb the lesson and play along without hitting rewind too many times. They felt like a personal one-on-one lessons. You may be underestimating the value of your explanations and personal style that are a part of what makes so many people enjoy learning from you. I wonder if you would reconsider keeping your clear and easy-going narration style for your Slap DVD?

Gabriel51 said,

April 3, 2011 @ 1:29 pm

First one!

cfishel15 said,

April 3, 2011 @ 3:14 am

By the way, where can I purchase one of those funky Pulp Fiction t-shirts? :-)

cfishel15 said,

April 3, 2011 @ 3:12 am

I prefer the first layout, too. I will definitely purchase this DVD when it’s available! But please reconsider adding some vocal instruction – your narration on other video lessons is excellent! :-)

cmdtpizarro said,

April 2, 2011 @ 9:32 pm

Hi marlowe… Not happy about the ” … No talking at all…”
Learned to slap watching your slap lessons 1 to 6. If you didn’t explain some of the technics I couldn’t have figured it out myself just by watching you play. So please reconsider about that issue. By the way, your voice is fine, your accent is cool, even your portuguese is ok, so talk talk talk and spread your funky knowledge to the world.
Greetings from Portugal

Mr Tibbs said,

April 2, 2011 @ 1:29 am

WAZZUP Marlowe?…Split Screen Test 1 is my choice. I like the way the whole fretboard, right and left hand fingering is so clear. Very Well Done!!!

dust173 said,

March 31, 2011 @ 11:47 pm

What about a tab karaoke?

dust173 said,

March 31, 2011 @ 11:46 pm

first for sure

jcbrotel said,

March 31, 2011 @ 7:34 pm

First one definitely !

joe potter said,

March 30, 2011 @ 3:26 pm

The first one is the most efficient use of the screen.

woodypz said,

March 30, 2011 @ 1:39 pm

The first one looks much better

Johnebass said,

March 29, 2011 @ 11:46 pm

Definitely the first one for me!!

Darkhon said,

March 29, 2011 @ 9:56 pm

“…that it feels strange that the right *hand* appears…” I wanted to say in my previous post. Sorry.

Darkhon said,

March 29, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

And regarding what 2wheeler said (that it feels strange that the right appears on the right where one would rather expect it on the left): What about putting the small screen in the upper left corner? Would that fit?

Paul Sarran said,

March 29, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

I like the first one best, as it gives better detail of the left hand. The right hand is bout the same in both. I don’t find the position on the screen distracting at all. It looks like it will be a good DVD.

Darkhon said,

March 29, 2011 @ 9:47 pm

Yes, the first one is much better. But I would shift the camera for the right hand a little bit to the left such that the right hand is more in the center of the small screen and one can better see the posture/movement of your hand. With the camera position in your video the right half of the small screen is actually wasted since it only shows the upper part of the fretboard. Furthermore, it is a little bit irritating when your fretting hand sometimes appears in both screens (when you play notes on the 12. fret or higher).

Miha MKRT4AN said,

March 29, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

I think first one will better…

2wheeler said,

March 29, 2011 @ 9:15 pm

The first one is a big strange because the right hand is on the right, where you would expect to see it on the left. But I think it is better than the second, where the big black squares make it feel like the screen is being wasted.

Leaksinthename said,

March 29, 2011 @ 8:43 pm

As someone who will be buying this DVD, I prefer the first one.

gianni said,

March 29, 2011 @ 8:33 pm

Looks like we all agree the first one is the best one!
When are you going to put it on the market?
Good luck anyway, you’re doing a great job!

Thanks from Italy!

Jan Stankiewicz said,

March 29, 2011 @ 8:17 pm

I’d go for the first one without a doubt. The second one feels a bit ’empty’ as it uses only half of the screen. In my opinion, the right hand is shown clearly in the first one as well (i.e. it’s not too small).

lorianb said,

March 29, 2011 @ 8:16 pm

Defintely the first here too – hands are close, you can shift eyeline from one to the other easily. Also, there is more detail available when filling up the screen.

Nixbee said,

March 29, 2011 @ 7:50 pm

First one, fill my screen ;0)

gdcheng said,

March 29, 2011 @ 7:49 pm

The first one is definately the one! I would rather see with more detail what is going on with the left hand on the fret board than to see a bigger section of the right hand thumping. Good stuff!!

jkzfixme said,

March 29, 2011 @ 7:28 pm

I concur, the first one is definitely the best. Is there any ETA as to when I can buy this ?

Matt said,

March 29, 2011 @ 7:07 pm

I like the first one a lot better than the second. It’s easier for me to see what I need to see. Thanks!!

Sabo said,

March 29, 2011 @ 6:59 pm

I think the first one is much more useful!!! thanks for sharing and please consider a Digital (not physical) version of your DVD for us international followers

Juist said,

March 29, 2011 @ 6:55 pm

I like the first one too, more screen is used and i think the most important is: the two hand position are close to each other, so you can easily switch between screens.

iaioatamian said,

March 29, 2011 @ 6:47 pm

Definetly the first one!! The hole screen is been used!! =)

Thank you for your clases… i hope i can buy your dvd in Argentina!!!

Thanks teacher!!

martinburgoyne said,

March 29, 2011 @ 6:44 pm

Hi Marlowe,
Version one is my favourite, it’s easier to follow.
When will this be released? I’ll buy one.

markgregersen said,

March 29, 2011 @ 6:43 pm

Jeg kan bedst lide den første.. Det er meget rarere med en fyldt skærm, istedet for to små:D
Glæder mig til at se dvd’en når den bliver færdig:D

pudsy440 said,

March 29, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

I definitely like the look of the first one where the whole screen is used instead of the two small vids on a diagonal in the 2nd. The full fretboard and notes are more visible than having a small fretboard. That’s my preference if I had to choose.


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