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BassTheWorld: 21 Bassists in 1 Video

BassTheWorld.com has followed up their “Got Bass Chops?” video with a second episode. This time, 21 bassists from around the world lay out the nastiest licks, funkiest grooves, and smoothest lines to show the scope of our beloved instrument.

The bassists in order of appearance are Hadrien Feraud, Jay-Tee Teterissa, Bruno Tauzin, Andy C. Saxton, Evan Marien, Adam Ben Ezra, Christine Lanusse, Eric Czar, Wojtek Pilichowski, Nicole Badila, Remco Hendrix, Viktor Lőrincz, Fretless Frizz, Grzegorz Kosiński, Uli Lauterbach, Nenad Vasilic, HazE, Jayme Lewis, Junior Ribeiro Braguinha Lotad, Armin Metz, and Geoffrey “Shob” Neau.

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Bob DeRosa

Bob DeRosa

Where is the self-expression in slapping? They all do the same things and sound like the same person. I defy anyone to do a blindfold test with their favorite slappers and successfully tell them apart.

    davehammers

    While I’m no connoisseur of slapping, I can tell the difference between different players and varying approaches to the technique. In fact, this video made that clear to me, particularly with the example of the last player, Geoffrey “Shob” Neau (France). Unlike the other slappers (some of whom I liked and some which I didn’t particularly), he played in a way that reminded me distinctly of Louis Johnson. This isn’t to say I love slapping for its own sake, but there are in my mind definitely players who use it to interesting effect and others who don’t, and along with that, a variety of styles that can be used.

    phillipkregg

    I think it has more to do with slap cliches than with the technique itself. Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten, Flea, and Les Claypool all sound very different from one another.

    Cary

    Cary

    Slapping annoys me. It’s being overdone. I’ve only heard it done tastefully a handful of times. Most often it sounds like very bad percussion. Don’t care for it at all.

Doc.Hoc.

Doc.Hoc.

Seems everyone has their own style , that works for me but when someone tries to slap a double bass I’ll stop watching and listening.

    Bob DeRosa

    Bob DeRosa

    So it’s safe to say you’re not a fan of bluegrass?

      Doc.Hoc.

      Doc.Hoc.

      I’m a fan of most all music but not so much country music and no Rap if you call that music ,
      When I say slapping a double bass I mean like how a electric bass is slapped and popped , I’m sure you could slap the strings of a double bass playing fast , I’ve never seen one or played one.

Rob

Rob

While I did the chops show..notice that most of these lines are being played with just a drum track..meaning they’d never work in a full band situation. Maybe I’m getting old, but too much of this stuff is why the young kids coming up these days can’t hold a groove to save their lives. They’re too busy trying to do this stuff before they learn what the instrument is really supposed to do.