Slap is fun, and I love hearing it, and I CAN’T SEEM TO GET ENUF OF IT.
I really was both terrified and nervously excited going into the slap module for B2B. The only slap I had ever attempted prior to B2B, was the little Excercises Flea teaches in his video lesson that was sold with his Basses.
AND I WAS HORRIBLE!!!
When I read of others saying “wait til you get to the Slap Mod…
I thought of skipping it…
Man was I wrong. I loved it, and with @JoshFossgreen. Stellar instruction, tips and technique, I was able to catch on quick.
I have since been learning “Take the power back” which is mostly slap. Can’t stop popping off that riff while I am sitting in my living room watching TV or something. There are some ghost notes that are key for timing I M working on, but overall, I love where I am with it.
I have since braved out to test the waters, and the FOOL I am, I tried learning “tommy the cat”
Funny thing is, I almost got it, and it’s one of Less’s tougher lines.
No way could I play it thru the whole song, and it’s nor correct to the “Sailong the Seas of Cheese” version, but it’s pretty close to the earlier live version from “Suck on this”, which I will confess, is also played a bit slower.
But my point is, I thought I would suck at it, but after giving it a shot, then going out to learn some songs, I love it. Plus I have ALWAYS loved Primus, “Tommy the Cat” was actually my and my X wife’s wedding song. Back in ‘96, and wedding over, I still have Primus .
I also learned tapping, I thought I would suck at that too. Now I AM PLAYING (pretty goot tooo, still needs work, but it is very recognizable) “Jerry Was A Race Car Driver”. I never thought that would happen.
Also, when I got my first Bass off CL, I needed some stuff off Amazon, like Strap, ables, stand, and I ordered a pack of picks, I had full intentions of being a pick player. Well…I much prefer finger plucking (along with slap and tap) over picking. I will not ignore picking, I think it is very important to be able to do both finger plucking and picking, and for me, slap and tap.
I guess my point is, I stayed open to all options, and kind of let the bass, music, and lessons guide me, and I believe, for me, it s turning me not a more multi dimensional bass musician then I had hoped and even planned for.
Unless you are dead set against it, I would highly suggest giving Slap a real go.
If you did the Slap mod in B2B, go bCk and do it again, then maybe a few Slap Bass Buzz YT videos, and maybe some others like Talking Bass, showing some easy slap riffs. And then try “Take the power Back”. It’s not that hard, and Josh teaches it. Think of it as another B2B lesson. It’s on Joshes YT channel. He does a cover play thru in one vid, then a tutorial with tabs, teaching the main riff, breaking down each fill, and some of the cords used in other sections of the song.
It is great fun, and may change your mind about Slap.
Or may confirm you don’t like it, and you can bash me for suggesting it.
I won’t mind lol, if you hate it still, I maybe shouldn’t have encouraged you to do it, IDK, but I think you will like it after trying, it’s very rewarding…at least for me it was.