#1
to have a band with no drummer at all, and just have a bass player who does alot of slap playing? cause ive been messing around and i've managed to get a few drum sounding beats out of my bass. i would think that would be a cool idea to be different somehow, but idk if it would work
#2
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#5
I saw leaves' eyes last month and the bass player was doing some INSANE slapping that was actually on synch with the drummer and even sometimes over-shadowed him in that section, so I can safely say that it can be done, and it'd be really cool if you were to be the guy that really takes it to a new level where it is actually a solid playing style
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#6
for on of my compositions at school i was playing slap bass in replacement of a drum kit, but that was play on a seperate track. sure, i think you can do it
#7
that is why slap was invented... i thaught this was common knowlage..........
larry graham was a guitar player with his mother who sang and played piano.... when their drummer left.. they had nothing to keep the beat... so he took the bass, he didnt like the fingerstyle like everyone else was, and figured he was going to back to guitar so he didnt ahve to do it properly...... he still needed something to keep the beat tho so after many different experimental playing styles he came across basically what is now slap.. the slapping was for the bass drum and the popping was the snare drum... so it is possible.... its jsut a little wierd

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#8
Yes, its possible, but as a bass player your timing better be dead on, because you ARE the rhythm section at that point.

I think it sounds OK for a few songs here and there, but its not my cup of tea for an overall sound.
#9
Have you ever heard Fieldy play? He claims he is a drummer "trapped" in a bassist's body.
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#11
why wouldn't you be able to?

lol. is there some law enforcement agency that makes it only legal to play with a drummer? am I missing something?

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#12
When I saw Richard Thompson last year it was just him on an acoustic and Danny Thompson (no relation) on a double bass and they made a phenomenal sound.
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#13
the beatles didnt have a drummer at all first in liver pool they didnt get pete best until jsut before they went to hamburg germany

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#14
Since when were bands restricted to the Guitar-Bass-Drums set up, look at bluegrass there's no sutch thing as drums, its all done by the bass.
#15
Yes - originally country and western musicians weren't allowed drum kits in certain venues, so they used the natural percussiveness of certain acoustic guitars and slapped upright basses.

I'd love to hear what this sounds like to be honest.
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#16
There's an guitar player, I can't remember his name now, I think it starts with a D, anyway when he plays acoustic he slaps a rythym(sp) on the body while tapping or playing fingerstyle, it's pretty amazing actaully.
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#17
what do you mean? of course it's possible but it depends. For driving heavy rock and metal music, no way. For a lot of other styles tho, maybe.
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that is why slap was invented... i thaught this was common knowlage..........
larry graham was a guitar player with his mother who sang and played piano.... when their drummer left.. they had nothing to keep the beat... so he took the bass, he didnt like the fingerstyle like everyone else was, and figured he was going to back to guitar so he didnt ahve to do it properly...... he still needed something to keep the beat tho so after many different experimental playing styles he came across basically what is now slap.. the slapping was for the bass drum and the popping was the snare drum... so it is possible.... its jsut a little wierd

Man, I'm risking being put in a sig here, but read his post. He made THE point. Slap was invented to fill in for an absent drummer. That is, the first slap bassist ever was in a band with no drummer. The thread could have stopped at that post.
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There's an guitar player, I can't remember his name now, I think it starts with a D, anyway when he plays acoustic he slaps a rythym(sp) on the body while tapping or playing fingerstyle, it's pretty amazing actaully.

Andy McKee? He's not the only one but is the only name that comes to mind right now, and I love listening to his stuff.
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#20
It is possible. If I were to approach it, I would use a looper pedal and change between playing the percussion and bassline.
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Andy McKee? He's not the only one but is the only name that comes to mind right now, and I love listening to his stuff.


Dominic Frasca, that's his name! Ha-ha! I found it on accident on youtube, look this mofo up. He may be a guitar player, but what he does could easily be applied to the bass.
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to have a band with no drummer at all, and just have a bass player who does alot of slap playing? cause ive been messing around and i've managed to get a few drum sounding beats out of my bass. i would think that would be a cool idea to be different somehow, but idk if it would work

it would, but i prefer a drummer so im not the only one keeping beat
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