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How to Add Syncopation to Slap Bass

Learn how to add syncopation from musician Sam Lipman in this Howcast slap bass lesson.


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 We are gonna be playing some slap bass. Advanced Slap Bass Syncopation. Syncopation is the great art of playing between the beats. One of my favorite bass players told me slap bass is putting it where it ain't. So a lot of times you'll have a drummer beating out a beat - pretty straight ahead: one, two, three, four. When we play on those beats, we get. Syncopating is finding that space between the beats one and two and three and four. So let's speed that up and see how that sounds. Syncopation is a great tool. It makes me want to dance. This is my metronome and I have it set at 84. So I want you to try to get that first line that I just played. Where we're slapping down and we start on the third fret and move our way up so one. Ok. You can do that.

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