THE SLAP BASS FORMULA
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THE SLAP BASS FORMULA

DEVELOP YOUR SLAP STYLE & PLAY LIKE THE PROS!!!
4.3 (8 ratings)
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Created by Danny Merriman
Last updated 11/2015
English
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 56 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of this course you will be able to play slap bass by learning and practicing the exercises
  • Thumb/Slap exercises
  • Finger/plucking exercises
  • Trills, Slides
  • Triplets, 16th's, Double stops
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Requirements
  • Bass Guitar, Amp, Basic Playing Ability
Description

Hi,

My name is Danny Merriman, I've developed a formula that uses step by step tutorials, which provides an exciting and engaging way to learn how to play slap bass guitar. Each stage you will focus on easy to follow specific steps to master each key component throughout your learning experience

You'll feel motivated and eager to learn as you progress through the course.

With 30 years of experience and my sincere willingness to help over 1500 students reach their goals, along with your willingness to succeed, you'll be happy you took a seat on the slap bass formula and rise up from your bedroom to the funky groove shack...

With Over 1500 satisfied students and a no obligation 30 day money back guarantee give the slap bass formula a try today.

It's all about the bass eh...


  • This course is about how to slap the bass guitar

materials included are

  • video instructor exercises
  • slides
  • docs

the course is ongoing as you can go back as many times as you like for practicing purposes

The course is structured into three main sections

  • the basics
  • intermediate
  • advanced

reasons to take this course are

  • to learn the slap bass technique
  • to improve bass playing
  • learn funk
Who is the target audience?
  • Bass players at all levels will benefit from studying the numerous exercises
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 64 Lectures Collapse All 64 Lectures 01:55:50
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course overview
1 Lecture 00:00
    • 45 play-along exercises

      descriptive how-to slides

      downloadable sheet music

      on screen bass tab

      quizes

Preview 7 pages
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The Basics
34 Lectures 18:40

Preview Video introduction

Preview 01:19

In this section we will

  • go over the fundamentals of the slap bass formula
  • and understand the tab sheets so you can follow the play-along exercises
  • How to position you're bass guitar
Preview 00:34

Exercise for tuning up each of the 4 strings E A D and G.

Preview 01:12

Exercise for Keeping Time.

Preview 00:58

There are three main elements to slap bass. Slapping, popping and damping

In order to play through the exercises you will need to familiarise yourself with each of the following.

The Three Main Elements Of Slap Bass
1 page

This example shows you where to hit your thumb when slapping the bass.

Slapping Technique
1 page

This example shows you where to place your finger when popping the bass.

Popping Technique
1 page

This example shows you where to place your hand when damping the notes.

Damping Technique
1 page

Tab sheets explained

-Slap and Hammer-on Symbols

Bass Tab Explained 1
1 page

Tab sheets explained

-String name and Pop/pull symbols

Bass Tab Explained 2
1 page

Tab sheets explained

-damp note and fret number symbols.

Bass TabExplained 3
1 page

Tab sheets explained

-Slides and stop note symbols.

Bass Tab Explained 4
1 page

Tab sheets explained

-Double stop symbols.

Bass Tab Explained 5
1 page

In order to make the slap bass formula easier, here is a full description of the tab sheet symbols

Bass Tab Symbols
1 page

  • Slap exercise
  • Print off tab sheet with exercises 1-8
  • Use tab sheet to play along with exercises.
Preview 01:30






Hammer-on exercise

Exercise 7 Hammer-on Example.
00:35

Hammer-on exercise

Exercise 8, Hammer-on Example.
00:29

  • Hammer-on exercise
  • Print off tab sheet with exercises 9-16
  • Use tab sheet to play along with exercise
Exercise 9 Hammer-on Example +Tab Sheet 9-16
00:42

Pull-off exercise

Exercise 10, Pull-off Example.
00:29

Pull-off exercise

Exercise 11, Pull-of Example.
00:27

Slide exercise

Exercise 12, Slide Example.
00:30

Slide exercise

Exercise 13, Slide Example.
00:36

Slide exercise

Exercise 14, Slide Example.
00:29

Trill exercise

exercise 15, Trill Example.
00:42

Trill exercise

Exercise 16, Trill Example.
00:35

  • Slap/damp/pop exercise
  • Print off tab sheet with exercises 17-19
  • Use tab sheet to play along with exercise
Exercise 17, Slap/damp/pop Example + Tab Sheet 17-19.
01:04

Damp/pulls exercise

Exercise 18, Damp/Pull Example.
00:28

Pop/damp/slap exercise

Exercise 19, Pop/damp/slap Example.
00:29

Q1. Whats a Damp Note

Hows it going?
1 question

With the downloadable tab sheets practice the exercises separately.

Start slow if its too hard at first to build up your stamina and it will get easier as you progress through the formula.

Closing
00:47
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Intermediate
16 Lectures 17:26

In this section we will cover slightly longer examples, slightly faster and more involved than in section one.

Download the tab sheets and keep practicing the exercises separately which will make the formula run smoother and easier to understand.

Introduction to section two
00:21

  • Octave pulls exercise
  • Print off tab sheet with exercises 1-7
  • Use tab sheet to play along with exercise
Exercise 1, Octave pulls Example Tab Sheet 1-7.
02:19

Octave pulls exercise

Exercise Two, Octave pulls Example.
00:57

Octave pulls exercise

Exercise 3, Octave pulls Example.
00:58

Octave-pulls/pull-offs exercise

Exercise 4, Octave-pulls/pull-offs Example.
01:26

Octave pulls/pull-off exercise

Exercise 5, Octave pulls/pull-off Example.
01:23

Octave pulls/slide exercise

Exercise 6, Octave pulls/slide Example.
01:15

Slide/slap/pop exercise

Exercise 7, Slide/slap/pop Example.
01:18

  • Slap/pop exercise
  • Print off tab sheet with exercises 8-10
  • Use tab sheet to play along with exercise
Exercise 8, Slap/pop Example + Tab Sheet 8-11.
00:48

Exercise 9, Octave pulls Example.
00:40

Slap exercise

Exercise Ten, Slap Example.
01:11

Slap/damp/pop exercise

Exercise 11, Slap/damp/pop Example.
01:24

  • Pull off/slap/damp exercise
  • Print off tab sheet with exercises 12-14
  • Use tab sheet to play along with exercise
Exercise 12, Pull off/slap/damp Example + Tab Sheet 12-14.
00:53

Exercise 13, Slap/damp Example.
01:02

Hammer-on/slap/damp/pop

Exercise 14, Hammer-on/slap/damp/pop Example.
00:56

This is called popping with you're thumb.

How is it going?
1 question

In this section we covered slightly bigger examples, slightly faster and more involved.

Download the tab sheets and keep practicing the exercises.

Closing
00:35
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Advanced
13 Lectures 18:44

In this section we'll cover the advanced side of the formula.

it's a good idea to download the tabs sheets so you can study and practice the examples.

practice them at a slow rate and you'll find them easier to play.

Introduction
00:36

  • Slap/octave-pulls/damp exercise
  • Print off tab sheet with exercises 1-7
  • Use tab sheet to play along with exercise
Exercise 1, Slap/octave-pulls/damp Example + Tab Sheet 1-7.
01:21

Pull-off/damp/hammer-on/slap exercise

Exercise 2, Pull-off/damp/hammer-on/slap Example.
01:31

Slap/damp/pop exercise

Exercise 3, Slap/damp/pop Example.
00:56

Slap/damp/16ths exercise

Exercise 4, Slap/damp/16ths Example.
00:40

Slap/damp/pop/16ths exercise

Exercise 5, Slap/damp/pop/16ths Example.
01:33

Octave-pulls/slap/pull-offs/damp exercise

Exercise 6, Octave-pulls/slap/pull-offs/damping Example.
01:33

Slap/damp/pop/16ths exercise

Exercise 7, Slap/damp/pop/16ths Example.
00:59

  • Slap/pull-offs/double-stops exercise
  • Print off tab sheet with exercises 8-10
  • Use tab sheet to play along with exercise
Exercise 8, Slap/pull-offs/double-stops Example + Tab Sheet 8-10.
02:03

Slap/pop/damp/hammer-on exercise

Exercise 9, Slap/pop/damp/hammer-on Example.
01:31

Octave-pulls/slap/damp/hammer-ons(12 bar riff) exercise

Exercise 10, Octave-pulls/slap/damp/hammer-ons(12 bar riff) Example.
03:35

  • Slap/damp/triplets exercise
  • Print off tab sheet with exercise 11
  • Use tab sheet to play along with exercise
Exercise 11, Slap/damp/triplets Example + Tab Sheet 11.
01:30

How's it going ?
1 question

The Slap Bass Formula has been specifically designed to build up your playability as you keep practicing the exercises.

To make things easier practice the more complex ones slower at first then gradually build up to a steadier rate.

Closing
00:56
About the Instructor
Danny Merriman
3.9 Average rating
23 Reviews
1,968 Students
2 Courses
Bass Guitar Teacher

"Danny Merriman (bass guitar/vocals) fuses together a unique mixture of rock blues and funk in a way that separates him from Mr. Average-Joe bass player and puts him in league with the elite few." A.M.(Dark horse band)

Danny started playing bass in 1986 inspired by bass legends Jack Bruce, Mark King, Larry Graham, Louis Johnson and Paul McCartney.

He is now well known in musical circles for his awesome bass guitar skills in many different styles and his own funky, slap bass style. Daniel's love of playing music led to producing his own music including the album "Something Splendid" on splendid music records.

Bands; Cream/Level 42 tribute bands, the Feel, the Event, All good things, Three of a kind.