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Slap patterns

Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 1:22 pm
by BullFiddle
Hey all,

I took a music camp this last week with Mark Schatz, and he bought up this slap pattern that I'd never heard before but he was saying you can hear a lot in bluegrass bass solos.

He called it a bossa nova patern in 4/4 and it goes 1-2-3 1-2-3 1-2 or 1-double slap 1- double slap, 1- single slap

I can do it but am having a hard time integrating it into a solo or bass line. Has anyone heard of this or know of a recording / player where I can hear it in action?


Re: Slap patterns

Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:31 pm
by bustamelon
I guess there aren't a lot of slappers here. Or a lot of anybody for that matter.
Wish I could offer something helpful but I just never got into it.

But that's cute that he calls it the Bossa Nova pattern. I can see where he gets that. But, to me, it's more of a rumba or bolero. Hey, I split hairs whenever I can.

Re: Slap patterns

Posted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:25 am
by flip18436572
I am following in case someone that actually does slap (not me) comes in to help out. I keep looking for lessons, but there is nobody close to me.

Re: Slap patterns

Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:53 am
by lowendrick
I've gone through different phases with slapping. There have been periods of time when I have slapped a lot (too much) and sometimes not at all. Now I just add a tiny bit for dynamic effect. Eg Leading into a crescendo moment or punctuating the end of a section etc....

That bossa pattern works well. It's a nice change up to use for a short solo. Alan Bartrum does a nice intro with this pattern on one of Del's newer songs.

Re: Slap patterns

Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 3:20 pm
by BullFiddle
I usually try to keep it to solos, or solos over basic blues, where you can play with the melody a bit. Otherwise, mainly single slaps to highlight the end of a phrase or in a bass run. Thanks for the Bartrum suggestion.

As far as lessons go, flip, I've never had any either. I consider it a very personalized technique with lots of interpretations. There are some basic techniques but I've seen quite few creative ways as well. There are ton's of youtube videos out there plus i'd suggest Lee Rocker's DVD/video, Mark Schatz video, and Missy Raines video.

Re: Slap patterns

Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:23 am
by cathead77
This is a weird slap pattern.