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Lesson: Slap Bass 101

By popular demand, I’ve been working on a new lesson series for beginning slap bass. This week, we’ll break down the basics.

Part 1: Slap Bass Introduction

This lesson covers basic thumb slapping, ghosted notes, muting, hammer-ons and plucking/popping:

Next: we’ll build on these concepts with Part 2 – Building on the Basics.

Thomas Risell, otherwise known as “MarloweDK”, is a bassist and music educator from Denmark. For more great bass lessons from MarloweDK, visit

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I like how he goes from a regular outfit and precision bass
to a pink bass
to a pink bass with a tank top
kinda shady..

just kidding awesome videos!

Gary Bouchard

Gary Bouchard

Love the videoes… that is a tremendous help to us rookies to actually see the sequences take place.

What kind of amplification gear did I see behind you?



Looks to me like its a TC Electronics RH450 bass amp and a matching 2×10 cabinet.


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Rob Mallows

I watched your video this afternoon, three times. Then I sat down in my room and played …. for two hours …. slap bass. I’ve struggled with this technique for two or three years. I’ve bought books and DVDs and tried everything but tonight, after watching your video …. it clicked! Just like that. Obviously, I’ve a long way to go with my slap technique, but I definitely thing you make a real difference. I will definitely look out for more of your videos.