This is a thoroughly refreshing outlook on how to play slap bass, a technique renowned for its intricate technicality. Not only does Barend comment on existing slap methods but gives recommendations on alternative methods that he’s found to work through his experience when teaching students. Like Barend said, ‘this is not yet another book on slap bass’, it instead brings fresh ideas and methods! A solution to something isn’t always a one-size-fits-all approach, and this is especially true in slap bass when you have to consider that everyone’s thumb shapes, hand sizes and bass string spacings are likely to vary from person to person. The fresh alternative methods covered in this book may just be the techniques you’ve been looking for that work for you.
The book is also well illustrated, with techniques explained in an easy-to-understand manner. Furthermore, the varied grooves ensure to keep you engaged throughout, and there are even videos and audio samples online that further enhance the learning experience.
I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to inflate their slap-playing, whether you’re an experienced slapper, or are still trying to put your thumb on it.
Howard Head (Bassist, Author of ‘How to Master the Electric Bass’)
You Can find out more information at Barend’s website Next Level Slap Bass.
Here’s a video taken from his Youtube channel!