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Excellent thread this. Been looking for recommendations. I thought that Scott Whitleys YouTube stuff is the best teaching of anything anywhere. Like the look of SBL as well. Will certainly cast my eye over the others

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Interesting point I picked up (well to me anyway!) today on Mark's TB slap bass course.

For slap bass the thumb-through technique (Victor Wooten style) gives a fuller deeper sound including the fundamental, more akin to using a pick.

In contrast with the more common thumb-bounce (& percussive Mark King style) which results in a more zingy sound emphasising the harmonics akin to finger tapping. Particularly noticeable on the higher notes - and it really is noticeable now it's been pointed out! 

For the above reasons, Mark actually uses the thumb-through as his default.

But if we're going to try and match the speed of the traditional bounce with the thumb-through this will needs double thumbing. The one key downside I've noticed is the additional fret buzz (certainly at the lower frets) caused by the direction of the downward strike and resultant string vibration direction

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On 21/04/2020 at 00:09, MrCrane said:

I don't think Mark worked for SBL but he's mates with Scott and certainly used to turn up on some of his videos.

Geoff Chalmers (of this parish) used to work for SBL but moved off to start Discover Double Bass

https://courses.discoverdoublebass.com/courses

I've not done any of the courses from that site, but Geoff is a top bloke and knows his stuff.

In fairness to Geoff Chalmers, when I joined SBL when it started, Geoff was already doing his own site: https://courses.discoverdoublebass.com/courses

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18 hours ago, Al Krow said:

The one key downside I've noticed is the additional fret buzz (certainly at the lower frets) caused by the direction of the downward strike and resultant string vibration direction

Is the action on your bass quite low anyway?  Is this something a minor tweak with an Allen key at the bridge would fix or would getting rid of the fret buzz bring the action too high?

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33 minutes ago, BillyBass said:

Is the action on your bass quite low anyway?  Is this something a minor tweak with an Allen key at the bridge would fix or would getting rid of the fret buzz bring the action too high?

Good question. My action is relatively low and my first thought was exactly as you suggested to raise the string height and that certainly helped, but I wouldn't want it too much higher. Interestingly I found that Marc was also getting some fret buzz on his Ibby SR (which happens to be the bass I am using), which was at least reassuring!

Are you also a double thumb user / fan?

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14 minutes ago, Al Krow said:

Good question. My action is relatively low and my first thought was exactly as you suggested to raise the string height and that certainly helped, but I wouldn't want it too much higher. Interestingly I found that Marc was also getting some fret buzz on his Ibby SR (which happens to be the bass I am using), which was at least reassuring!

Are you also a double thumb user / fan?

I ask because I had a similar issue when I started learning slap, quite recently.

I'm not a big fan of slap bass music.  RHCP I like, and one or two others come to mind but most of the music I listen to is finger or pick stuff.  I just thought I should learn slap, as I'm learning the bass.  I have three basses: a P, a J and an Ibby SDGR 500.  The action on the Ibby is quite low, I generally set the action to be as low as possible without fret buzz happening (finger style), and this bass had a lot of fret buzz when being slapped, not so much the J which had a higher action.

I wasn't sure whether the action just has to be higher if you are slapping rather than just using fingers or a pick?

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On 16/05/2020 at 11:46, BillyBass said:

I ask because I had a similar issue when I started learning slap, quite recently.

I'm not a big fan of slap bass music.  RHCP I like, and one or two others come to mind but most of the music I listen to is finger or pick stuff.  I just thought I should learn slap, as I'm learning the bass.  I have three basses: a P, a J and an Ibby SDGR 500.  The action on the Ibby is quite low, I generally set the action to be as low as possible without fret buzz happening (finger style), and this bass had a lot of fret buzz when being slapped, not so much the J which had a higher action.

I wasn't sure whether the action just has to be higher if you are slapping rather than just using fingers or a pick?

It depends. I know I saw a rig rundown with Flea's tech and he sets his basses up with 3/64's (1.17mm) and almost no relief. Marcus Miller plays with super low action too. 

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Agree re SBL. Not focused enough and too much spam. I've done Mark's sight-reading course (well,  most of it!) and it's excellent.  From scratch to proper advanced. Also his technique mini course which was super value at £18. Another star to look out for (although free - sorry!) is Luke at Become a Bassist in Aus, whose site is a mess but his video lessons are superb.  He just gets you playing stuff, with a smile. 

I'm desperate for a paid course aimed at bass beginners who already have some basic music knowledge but crap technique.  And a jazzy / soul  / funk / reggae bent rather than all the metal heads (ooops, sorry again!). Any recommendations?

Otherwise, I'd recommend josh at BassBuzz who has a great beginners course for rockers. 

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Jeff Berlin has 50% off all course at the moment.

I think I’ll pick up the first two and set myself a one year time frame to finally getting reading kick started.

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On 28/03/2020 at 17:16, Al Krow said:

@FDC484950 really good post, thanks.

It's interesting that the personal tuition that you had in your teenage years were the most influential / productive lessons you received. I similarly had regular lessons on classical guitar from 12 through to 17 and I was equally passionate about that instrument as I now am about bass playing.

 

Ha, it was my (female) classical guitar teacher from 11-15 that put me off stringed instruments for 30 plus years. Having failed to recognise - kinda fundamental - I was left handed, then proceeded to carry on humiliating until I walked out one day totally unable to cope with the speed of a piece. In those days that is all there was and you didn't argue - so it must have been pretty terrible.

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Yup, that was pretty crap on her part I agree!

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Mark at TB is running a 7th anniversary 30% discount on ALL his courses for one week (started yesterday, so 6 days remaining).

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I've tried the SBL trial twice and frankly wasn't impressed.

I feel it's best to drift inbetween Talking Bass, Derec Bennet, Luke from Become a Bassist and Bass Buzz. I also waych SBL but only the free stuff.

I was sick of getting spammed by SBL for free reign across YT now. 

Free is good for me for the moment.... regards, Chris

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