Iâ€™m not much of a competitive person, but I donâ€™t like to feel defeated. Â If you’ve been following along you may recall thatÂ Lesson 9 of Teach Me Bass Guitar left me feeling a little bruised and battered. Â I donâ€™t know what it was, but I just couldnâ€™t get the feel for playing slap style and eventually gave up and moved on. Â Iâ€™ve always regretted that and now feel that it has, in some ways, held me back.
Although I moved on from the lesson, I did continue, from time to time, to work on playing slap. Slowly but surely I have gotten myself to a point where I donâ€™t feel so intimidated by it any longer. Â When I first went through lesson 9 I had never played slap style before so it was all new to me. Â Since then I have honed my right hand technique so I at least have the mechanics of it down. Â Now, with the help of Roy, I hope to finally get myself up to speed in this area.
As you may recall, after bass camp last August, on the advice of Tim Smith, I decided to start the entire Teach Me Bass Guitar course over again. Â At that point I was on lesson 13, and was starting to feel like I was in a bit over my head so it seemed like a brilliant idea to me. Â Since then I have worked my way back up to Lesson 9 and am ready & raring to take it on!
Iâ€™ve started working on the exercises Roy presents in the first part of the lesson and already feel like I am making headway. Â The first time I watched lesson 9 I had to stop the video less than 10 minutes in and work on my technique before gong any further. This time I was able to hang with it through all of the exercises. Â Now I am working through them at my own pace until I feel I am ready to start working on the two songs in the lesson. Â
As that I seem to learn best by drawing from multiple sources I have also pulled out my old copy of Tony Oppenheimâ€™s Slap It: Funk Studies for the Electric Bass – BK/CD
and Ed Friedlandâ€™s Slap Bass: The Ultimate GuideÂ to get me up to speed. Â Scott Devine has a couple of Slap Bass tutorials on ScottsBassLessons.comÂ that I intend to check out as well. Â With so many great resources I canâ€™t possibly fail this time!