Learn the art of creating a solid slap bass groove. Whether you are an aspiring or seasoned bass player, this workshop will help you learn many of the slap bass lines and styles found in your favorite rock, funk, and jazz tunes, and inspire you to experiment with your own creations.
Lessons covering eight different styles, including rock, funk, and jazz
Play-along CD so you can listen and jam
Solid rock, funk, and jazz riffs you'll use in these grooves and beyond
Exercises to help you develop your own slap bass lines
Strategies for locking in with the drummer and making your line groove
Tips for reading chord symbols
Tablature and traditional notation
Suggested listening of select recordings by master bassists
Each lesson in Slap Bass Lines contains several practice exercises, a song using the exercises, and play-along tracks on the accompanying CD. Also included in each lesson is a section for you to write out your own slap lines.
Groove with attitude and confidence. Expand your versatility, and take your bass playing to the next level with Slap Bass Lines.
Joe Santerre has performed, taught, and lectured internationally as an expert in slap bass techniques. Among his former students are Bryan Beller (Dweezil Zappa, Mike Keneally), Chris Chaney (Alanis Morissette, Robben Ford), and John DeServio (Vinnie Moore). Joe has performed with such luminaries as Tom Coster (Vital Information, Santana), John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Vinnie Moore, Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs), Blues Saraceno, Andy Timmons, and many others. He currently plays bass for the Jon Finn Group, is the author of Rock Bass Lines, writes for Bass Frontiers magazine, and teaches at Berklee College of Music. His recent solo album, The Scenic Route, features his own compositions and arrangements.
"Joe Santerre has created the most comprehensive approach to slap bass on the planet! Step by step, the book takes you from basic to advanced technique using a logical, easy-to-read approach. From simple one-chord grooves to the odd time workout, the exercises in the book are interesting and musical. The companion CD is filled with groovin' examples that bring the book to life, and reflect Joe's command of the very latest slap styles."
- Jerry Watts, Jr., Bassist (Andy Summers, Simon Phillips, Flora Purim, Dave Stewart), Bass Faculty, Los Angeles Music Academy
"This book/CD combo will get you off and slappin' in no time. Progressing is a breeze because the patterns and grooves build off each other, and the CD examples are not littered with dialogue. Catchy grooves, like Marcus My Words and Silly, tie your exercises with groove instinct. You will feel like you've graduated when you put your knowledge to the test by writing your own grooves in the specified keys and time signatures."
- Jim Hyatt, Editor & Publisher, Bass Frontiers Magazine
"A great method for teaching slap playing. I'll use it with all of my students."
- Dave LaRue, Bassist (Steve Morse Band), Columnist, Bass Player Magazine
Sample Lessons on Berklee Shares
Samples from this title are available on Berkleeshares.com, where you can download free music lessons and share them with your friends.