Added: Oct 17, 2012

From: Scott's Bass Lessons

Duration: 20:33

Subscribe for free to and you'll receive exclusive 'MEMBER ONLY' video lessons, and other cool goodies! DOWNLOAD THE PDF FOR THIS LESSON: (link below the video).At you'll also find many more free HD video bass lessons and backing tracks. The lessons cover a wide range of topics from bass soloing, improvisation, walking bass, grooves etc.A bit about me...I've performed, recorded, shared taxis, vans, planes and boats with players such as, Adrian Ingram, Martin Simpson, Dennis Rollins, Gary Boyle, Neil Brocklebank, The Drifters, The Four Tops, The Nolans, Marisa Turner (Prince, Chaka Kahn), Peter Grant (top 5 jazz artist), Spyro Gyra, Ogie Alcasid, Vina Morales and has performed at venues such as Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express (London Soho), The 606 Club, The Vortex, Dubai International Jazz festival and Montreal grand prix.I've also studied with an amazing host of world class musicians including Skuli Sverrisson (Allan Holdsworth), Jeff Andrews, Ralph Alessi, Ravi Coltrane, Brad Shepik and Adam Rogers, Gary Willis.

Channel: Music


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Tenshin Daw Says:

Jan 6, 2015 - when i mute and play my thumb it doesnt matter almost any sounds

Teh Dukemonger Says:

Dec 28, 2014 - Anyone else notice that hes missing a tip on one of the fingers on his glove AND is missing a tuning peg?

Deus Deceit Says:

Feb 8, 2015 - I'm a guitarist but this is still REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY Helpful. 10 minutes into it and I can already slap and pop decently :) Thank you very much, man.

451Duke Says:

Jan 24, 2015 - Thk u so much! This video unlocked the 'Slap dat Bass' achievement on my list! I'm an amateur electric guitar player who wanted to approach the bass and I was always frustrated because I couldn't find the right movement of the right hand to do! The 'handle' trick was perfect! Thk u so much and I hope u will enjoy this little comment...Btw the 'stimulus' of my slap quest was this song, strange as it may seems since there are a lot of slap bass song in the world and also considering that I'm a fan of Marcus Miller...


Feb 23, 2015 - this was a great lesson scott for slap!!.after getting proficient from this lesson..where can I look for further slap bass lessons?

ZΔCH Says:

Jan 27, 2015 - Do I hear someone breathing behind the camera? lol

Tool4APC2012 Says:

Feb 12, 2015 - I love scottsbasslessons. He is a great teacher, but he isn't a slap bass player. I think you should listen to what he says in this video, then find some more lessons from people who use this technique often. There is a lesson done by Flea that's not bad and one by Victor Wooten who he mentioned in the video. 

NML Project Says:

Jan 25, 2015 - I would love to be able to play slap bass batter.I broke my wrist in 2 places and a distal radial fracture 3 years ago, I had to have a plate inserted into my wrist, which is still there today.Since then my right hand, wrist and forearm has not been the same, from time to time I get stiff tendons in the back of my hand causing pain to shoot up my arm.Could anyone recommend any exercises or techniques to help me play better and if possible ease the stiffness?I use different right hand techniques depending on what the music requires, I will admit that I use a pick more often now days, because of the reasons above, but I do love using my fingers and slapping too.Though I'm glad I broke my right wrist and not the left (though I nearly broke both), if I broke my left, fretting would have be a nightmare.

Bernardo Salles Says:

Nov 6, 2014 - I dont know how to thank this guy...thank you so much! from heart. =).

Daniel Craig Says:

Feb 13, 2015 - Yourr first 1 million+ viewer video !

rainsinichi Says:

Oct 24, 2014 - thanks for the tutorial sir..I remember there's a time when I asked my friend to teach me how to do these slaps, he slapped me in the face [literally] and left with silence. greetings from Philippines =)

groovegcs Says:

Feb 19, 2015 - These lessons are fantastic and extremely helpful so a big thanks to you Scott! After experimenting a lot with the left hand slap technique, I believe I was finally able to pinpoint the "secret" for a good left hand slap sound and I believe the following may really be helpful for others struggling to get a good sound out of it:Since the idea for that sound is to be fully dead/percussive (preferably no tonal content) and punchy it's essential for the player to be able to create a sound that has a)NO SUSTAIN b) no discernible note coming out of it and c) an audible good punch. Here is the precise way I've found to do just that:1. Have your index finger ready to fret a note on the A string, a D on the 5th fret for example. and use this finger as an anchor point around which the rest of the slapping motion will be performed. The finger really has to be resting on the string, with extremely minimal pressure applied, meaning that the string shouldn't really move closer to the fretboard.2. When you are performing the slapping motion with your other 3 fingers, do NOT attempt to straighten your fingers, they have to MAINTAIN a natural but toned, slightly bent position and the movement in the fingers has to originate strictly from the knuckle joints. The fingers have to respect the shape of the radius of the fingerboard/strings. There is also no need to "glue" your 3 fingers together, but all the fingers have to preferably remain relatively parallel to one another, however that may not always be possible.3. Here is the most important part: When your 3 fingers hit the string, in order to prevent harmonics from ringing and sustain to take place, you have to pay special care to the E and A string. You have to make sure that a) your middle AND ring finger go over the E string so that b) your pinky can get over the A string without touching the E string. The result of this is that you will have 2 points of contact on each string: middle and ring on the E, index and pinky on the A.4. If you want to get a good punch out of the left hand slap, your fingers need to be hitting the strings with a decent mix of power and velocity which you will need to practice until it feels right, BUT even if you get the punch right, the motion required to do so will have the side effect of creating a rebound motion on your fingers to a degree and this will need to be controlled to prevent the strings from ringing, ruining the clean cut desired effect of the slap sound. The way to achieve that is to practice and experiment by feel how much pressure(power) is needed once your fingers impact the string to prevent that rebound effect from taking place.The quality of the result you will get will precisely depend on the care you take in bringing together all the details/guidelines mentioned above, and you will most likely realize if you concentrate on all these details how much it will limit your speed when you're beginning to learn how to do it. If you try to go too fast without it sounding right in the first place, your slapping will never be enjoyable to listen to because it will not be articulated cleanly.I hope this helps! Cheers :)Michael

kay hoffmann Says:

Feb 26, 2015 - Thanx a lot, nice exercises, ill keep on learning, although the coordination of left and right hand is killing me,lol

Pum bucka Says:

Feb 18, 2015 - lol my index finger didn't last half the video :P

Kevin Palanca Says:

Feb 25, 2015 - This is the most informative and convenient bass tutorial! I've ever watched (I've been playing guitar for 8 years) but never had a chance to learn how to play or buy a bass guitar. I should now though lol. Thank you and you've earned a new subscriber!

Reshard Watson Says:

Dec 2, 2014 - DAYUM this sounds so great 

Francis Corzo Says:

Feb 13, 2015 - great tutorial! I also play with gloves. I applied it to the dead notes on bass. thanks for uploading this video. how to teach is very understandable. By the way, I also call me Scott (middle) :D 

obsidiancladfox Says:

Feb 25, 2015 - I can't get the thump out of the left hand slap. :S This is really frustrating. I can slap with my thumb and pop with my middle finger on my right hand, but that ghost note thump is impossible. :S

Olly Satoer Says:

Nov 30, 2014 - Playing now for almost 36 year the bass guitar, I also discribe Scott's opinion about slapping. Learn first the theorie of chords. Youngsters likes to start playing bass guitar only by slapping. While it should be by just doing blues chords and riffs and harmonics. Even better Jazz harmonics. Than you have the best basics to fill in your style of playing with slapping bass fill ins. (As a dynamic variation in your music, see also Scotts funky riff without slapping, that is what I mean, vary this riff with slapping, than this technique will be much higher appreciated by your audience). Kind bass regards, Olly (Holland-Europe).

Jason Filippou Says:

Jan 31, 2015 - Unlikely that you will be able to answer this question given the age of this video and the tens of thousands of comments, yet I notice that you use your fourth finger to hammer - on two frets across the fretboard (from the A string's D to the same string's E). I find it more convenient to keep one finger per fret and hammer - on with my third finger. I understand that there are, in general, no rules to technique and one must do what one finds most convenient up to avoidance of injury, yet I was wondering if there's any reason for which you would suggest hammering on with one's 4th finger. Thanks.

Evan Reaume Says:

Nov 9, 2014 - You know I've been playing bass for years and I could never figure out why everyone could slap but when I did it it sounded like a hot mess. This lesson actually helped me realize my mistake and I became actually pretty good at it. Thank you so much for this video it has impacted my playing significantly, I can now confidently slap my thumb against my strings in public. :)

Chris LaVey Says:

Nov 25, 2014 - I'm a guitar player, but the idea of slap bass makes me want to become more affluent in bass. I just love the way it sounds. I've always wondered what the technique was. I found your lesson to be very helpful. Thank you. 

Jefferson Robinson Says:

Feb 20, 2015 - Is it true that bass strings can be boiled in water for 20 minutes and then reused?Anyone done this successfully?Sound crazy enuf to be true? 

musiciansnearyou Says:

Jan 11, 2015 - Hi I am 64 years old and love the way you teach, I am a drummer but just learning the bass and I will continue to do all the other things and not make the slap bass my main thing but I love the sound because I am a drummer . What with the glove , do I need one or two , where can I get one if I need it . I am having more trouble making it sound flat instead of tone but I am getting closer to it. please email me back and let me know what is with the gloves Stan.

Nathan Vleugels Says:

Feb 7, 2015 - How is it possible to slap with your left hand without getting a note out?