Bassline Publishing has taken their Ultimate Slap Bass books to the screen with the release of all three levels as interactive iPad editions.
Originally released in 2005, the popular print counterpart of this book has been expanded to offer video demonstrations of all the main techniques, audio tracks for each exercise as well as the sheet music and text. Each exercise also includes a bass-free audio track to play along to.
There are three books, designed for each level of playing: beginner, intermediate and advanced.
Author (and No Treble contributor) Stuart Clayton is enthusiastic about this new medium for music education.
“As a learning aid, the iPad has enormous potential, and I’m really excited to be able to release Ultimate Slap Bass in this form,” Clayton said. “The facility to include audio and video within a book is an obvious advantage to learning anything, and of course it makes learning a musical instrument all the more enjoyable. I think bass players are going to love this.”
Ultimate Slap Bass – Beginner Level Content:
The History of Slap Bass, Before You Start, Slapping Basics, Adding the Pop, Hammer-Ons, Pull-Offs & Trills, Ghost Notes, Popular Scales & Modes for Slap Bass and Beginner Level Exercise Area.
Ultimate Slap Bass – Intermediate Level Content:
Left Hand Slaps & Sixteenth Note Lines, Introducing Tenths, Machine Gun Triplets, Double Stops, Double Popping, Strumming, Intermediate Level Exercise Area
Ultimate Slap Bass – Advanced Level Content:
The Shuffle Feel, Open String Hammer-Ons, Double Thumbing (Part 1), Double Thumbing (Part 2), Double Thumbing (Part 3), Combing Techniques, Advanced Level Exercise Area
Ultimate Slap Bass Sample Videos:
Here are videos from each of the interactive books:
Ultimate Slap Bass Page Examples:
Like the print editions, each interactive book also includes all of the biographies of famous slap players, including Larry Graham, Louis Johnson, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Mark King, Flea, Stuart Hamm, Ray Riendeau, Les Claypool and Victor Wooten.
Earlier this year, Bassline Publishing released The Bass Player’s Guide to Scales & Modes for iPad.