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ArisBassBlog proudly presents:

Thumbs Up for Slap

with Rob Smith

Thumbs Up For Slap!

Want to learn to slap (better)?

Then the Thumbs up for Slap Practice Group is perfect for you! 

Slap Bass has come a long way. From its origins with Larry Graham to the incredible virtuosic playing of Victor Wooten, Slap technique has been used on a ton of records for its unique percussive sound. 

In this Practice Group, we will analyze some of the greatest Slap bass lines ever from bassists such as Larry Graham, Stanley Clarke, Chuck Rainey, Mark King, Flea, Les Claypool, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten, and more! 

We will explore many different ways to get percussive sounds on bass such as 

  • Slapping
  • Popping
  • Hard Plucking
  • Double Thumping
  • Left Hand Muting
  • Flicking
  • Hammering
  • and Paddywhacking

Ok… that last one isn’t real….. but we’ll learn the rest!

In each class, you will be provided with PDF transcriptions and other help files.

How Live Classes Work

      • Welcome to Ten Week Live Classes with a small group of peers LIVE on zoom or doozzoo with Ari or a handpicked teacher!

          • Meetings every week for 10 weeks!  
          • Specific practice assignments clearly described. 
          • Each Live Class gets recorded and stays available to the attendees for the duration of the class plus an additional ten weeks afterwards.
          • These classes are highly interactive – practice together with me and hear yourself only as everyone is on mute!  
          • We offer many opportunities to play in front of the group to those who would like to do so. While it is always your choice, we always encourage you to volunteer to present your assignment.
          • You can post written homework to our discussion boards.
          • Our success rate for these groups has been exceptionally high. This is because the group format takes the pressure off and you learn while seeing others work toward the same goal. You are among friends and your teacher is personally coaching you using a streamlined program.  
          • Some of our groups have been together for 40 weeks or longer. The sense of community, encouragement and support is amazing. 
          • All you need is an internet connection, a microphone, and a webcam (many computers have these built in already).  

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