In this short bass lesson, Elixir Strings artist Michael Mondesir demonstrates how you might start exploring some of the more advanced slap techniques. Instead of just employing thumb and first finger, here he shows you how to use three fingers of the right hand to add rhythmic interest to slap riffs. Practice slow, build up speed and adapt it to musical phrases and you’ll feel funkier than ever. Michael plays Elixir Bass Strings with NANOWEB Coating for their great tone that lasts and lasts. Check out our products: https://www.elixirstrings.com/guitar-strings/bass-strings
Slap bass is an essential technique for players to master - especially if you’re playing funk, r’n’b, gospel or fusion. Spending time getting to grips with the percussive approach opens all sorts of creative possibilities and, tastefully used, can add a super-funky or aggressive edge to your basslines.
London-based jazz bass player Michael Mondesir has an enviable CV that takes in Jeff Beck, Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, John McLaughlin and Ginger Baker. As an instructor, he’s taught at the Royal Academy of Music and Rhythmic Conservatory in Copenhagen and he’s also occupied the bass chair in the West End show Dream Girls since 2017.