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In Conversation with Phil Mann – Essential Slap Bass

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About This Episode

In today’s podcast we’re talking slap bass with SBL’s very own Phil Mann.

Having already made waves among the SBL audience with his first academy course on slap bass, Phil Mann is back with the next instalment that takes a closer look at some of his trademark slap techniques. Be it the polyrhythmic tapping and slapping of Victor Wooten or Mark King’s ‘chugging’ rhythms from Level 42, slap bass sounds great and looks impressive, but getting it right can be frustrating, let alone getting a good sound. So if the thought of combining slaps, pops, hammer-ons and fretting-hand slaps makes you feel decidedly uneasy, tune in to this podcast and be prepared to chill out.

In this episode you're going to learn:

  • How Phil first got to grips with slap bass.
  • About his approach to playing 16th note patterns.
  • How to tackle Victor Wooten’s ‘open-hammer-pluck’ technique.
  • All about his current gig with guitar legend Albert Lee.
  • And much, much more…

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