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How to Play with a Drummer or Metronome

Learn how to play with a drummer or metronome from musician Sam Lipman in this Howcast slap bass lesson.

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Hi, my name is Sam Lipman. I'm a multi-instrumentalist. I make records and I will be releasing my first solo debut record here in the fall called 'A' for Aphorisms. Check it out samlipmanmusic.com. We are gonna be playing some slap bass. So right here behind me I've got a metronome. Playing with a metronome is probably the single most overlooked and undervalued part of learning the bass, or any instrument. In theory it seems simple to play along with the beat, but in practice, most bass players downfalls, particularly beginners, are where they tend to get away from that beat. Now for those of you who don't have a metronome, because they're kind of expensive, there are many free metronomes available online. Just look it up on Google, metronome. You can also get very inexpensive apps for your phone that have metronomes on them. So what I'm going to do here is just blith. I'm slapping in time with the metronome. Seems simple what I'm doing but what I want you to do is to just try and do the same thing. Either you're gonna fall into one of two categories. You're either a rusher or a dragger. A rusher will be like this. You hear I'm getting ahead of the beat, happens all the time with young bass players, or I drag. I'm getting behind the beat. So these are things that are absolutely key to being a bass player. Remember you're the backbone of the band, you have to keep the beat. Sometimes you're gonna get a drummer that speed up, what do you do in that situation? The drummer's never going to be able to hear you, you gotta go with the drummer. You can complain after the gig, but during the gig, you go with that drummer wherever he takes you. Playing with a drummer or a metronome involves always keeping one ear on what you're doing and the other ear on the beat. It's a skill that you must develop as a musician on any instrument. So I highly recommend, practice with that metronome. Have fun with that.

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