Slap That Bass! is an online course presented by slap bass extraordinaire 'Slick' Joe Fick.
This course teaches slap bass techniques on the upright bass in a step-by-step fashion. It's a comprehensive method to get you playing cool slap bass lines, hot solos and slick licks! It comprises 34 lessons over three hours and covers a wide range of topics on slap bass playing, presented by one of the slap bass world's most exciting artists.
Many of the videos feature guitar and drums accompaniment by Joe's band (Kelley's Heroes) and we also provide play-along tracks with three mixes of each recording:
- Full band
- Guitar and drums
- Solo stand up bass
Detailed transcriptions of Joe Fick's bass lines, licks, and solos are included in the course. There are 66 pages of sheet music, so you will have everything you need to practice at home.
Slap That Bass! is available to stream online, exclusively at Discover Double Bass.
Known as the Energizer Bunny of the slap bass world due to his virtuosic technique, ‘Slick’ Joe Fick is one of Nashville’s most in-demand bassists. Joe portrayed Elvis Presley’s bass player, Bill Black, in the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line and on the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s 2022 film Elvis starring Tom Hanks. Joe currently plays with Kelley’s Heroes 5 nights a week at Robert’s Western World on Lower Broadway in downtown Nashville.
What will I learn?
In the 34 video lessons, 'Slick Joe' covers a wide range of topics on slap bass. These include:
- Beginner to blazing slap bass patterns
- Rhythm keeping
- Tricks and licks
- Hot solos
- ...and much more!
Many of these slap techniques are demonstrated using chord progressions to commonly played rockabilly, country and bluegrass songs so you can enjoy playing them at home.
This course is perfect for those who want a step-by-step approach to slapping the dog house fiddle!
Who's it for?
Slap bass techniques are used by bassists from all genres. From the old-school jazzer who wants to spice up their bass lines to the rockabilly hotshot looking to tear up their solo break, slap bass is a technique that every double bassist can enjoy.
Start02. Strings, Setup and Right Hand Technique (10:51)
Start03. Common Terms (1:38)
Start04. The Single Slap - Pt. 1: Two Beat Feel (8:53)
Preview05. The Single Slap - Pt. 2: 4/4 Shuffle Feel (4:28)
Start06. The Double Slap - Pt. 1: The Time Keeper (9:01)
Start07. The Double Slap - Pt. 2: Flat Tire Shuffle (5:05)
Start08. The Double Slap - Pt. 3: Picking Up Speed (6:08)
Start09. Triple Slap - Pt.1: The Train Sound (boom chicka boom) (8:55)
Start10. Triple Slap - Pt. 2: Shuffle Train Beat (5:31)
Start11. Gallops Pt. 1: The Train Beat (4:41)
Start12. Gallops Pt. 2: Rock 'n' Roll Feel (3:42)
Start13. Mixing and Matching (5:20)
Start14. Extensions and Embellishments Introduction (1:13)
Start15. Triplets Pt.1 - Triple Slap Triplets (7:16)
Start16. 8th Note Triplets Pt. 2 - Single & Double Slap Triplets (6:13)
Start17. Quarter Note Triplets (6:00)
Start18. Drag Triplets - The Kevin (6:41)
Start19. Drag Triplets - The Ivan (3:07)
Start20. Drag Triplets - The Pete (2:46)
Start21. Drag Triplets - The Nicolas (4:20)
Start22. Quadruple Slaps (11:21)
Start23. The Willie Dixon Quadruple Slap (6:06)
Detailed transcriptions of Joe Fick's bass lines, licks and solos are included. These PDFs are displayed on the lesson pages and can be downloaded if required. There are 66 pages of sheet music in this course, so you won't run out of new music to learn!
Please note that the sheet music is in standard notation and we don't offer a version in TAB.
We have provided play-along tracks performed by Joe's band - Kelley's Heroes who joined him in the studio. You can use these tracks to practice with the full group, guitar and drums only, or solo double bass. These MP3s can be played from the lesson pages or be downloaded.
- Kelly's Heroes: guitarist Luke McQueary, bassist & lead vocals Slick Joe Fick & drummer Bill Van Vleet.