Flea - awesome or overrated? Here’s my take, including a bunch of tips on how to play like the man himself.
1:31 - Reason #1: Badass Slapping
3:29 - Reason #2: Authentic as F**k
6:15 - Reason #3: No One Trick Pony
7:15 - Reason #4: Melody Maker
9:26 - Reason #5: Got the Groove
12:27 - Reason #6: Classic Funk, Fresh Spin
14:03 - Reason #7: Keepin’ It Real
If you’re doing the Beginner to Badass course, this lesson would fit after you’ve learned some slap in Module 13 - but don’t be surprised if you still can’t slap as fast as Flea.
Flea Uses More Theory Than He Admits
Even though Flea is often on the list of musicians who “don’t know theory,” most of his bass lines fit perfectly well within the confines of music theory. Here’s a sample of his bass line from the chorus of Can’t Stop:
He lands on a root note on every single chord change, and all the in-between notes come from the G major scale, which fits over all four chords in the sequence.
Pretty by-the-books for a guy who supposedly doesn’t know any theory, right?
In the video I mentioned that I don’t use the thumb-down slap technique that Flea use. Does anyone here point their thumb down like Flea? How is it working for you?