I know there are a lot of people who visit my blog Best Of Bass from around the world. These posts in English are for you, hope you appreciate them!
This is the 3rd and last episode of the analysis of my video “Slip or Slap“.
You can find the first part here: https://bestofbass.wordpress.com/2012/04/18/slip-or-slap-part-1eng/
(I suggest you watch the video, read the post and download the pdf with the transcription of the song)
And this is the second part: https://bestofbass.wordpress.com/2012/04/18/slip-or-slap-part-2eng/
And now off with the third part!
This is an interesting fragment from a rhythmic point of view, because I’m using a simple polyrhythm of 3 over 4.
Figure 17 shows an exercise with the development of a 3-sixteenth polyrhythm within a 4/4 time measure. Try it slowly until you can play it evenly and comfortably.
Exercise in Figure 18 develops the pentatonic scale within a ternary 9/8 time that creates a cyclic effect which is quite easy to play because it always ends and starts on the downbeat of every cycle. In other words, ternary time and ternary rhythm do not create polyrhythm.
The following exercise applies the ternary rhythm (3 sixteenths) over binary time of 4 sixteenths. Try it slowly for a while, you will realise it is not difficult at all. And it is very effective!
This is a good example of how you can combine all the elements we’ve seen in this song in terms of rhythm (3 over 4), harmony (E pentatonic) and technique.
Exercise in figure 21 shows how you can develop these concepts by using pairs of strings in the Dorian mode organised in 3-note fragments where the root is the empty note. This root should be taken as the basis for the hand movements.
Exercise in figure 22 applies this mechanism to the sixteenth note triplets.
To conclude this short introduction to my way of using the slap technique, I suggest you spend some time watching my videos and listening to my cd Gestire lo Spazio, paying attention not only to the technical aspects but also to the expressive potential of the slap style. Actually my aim is the interaction between rhythmic pulse, harmony and the exploration of melodic possibilities. This last aspect is for sure the most interesting to me.
To the next post!