Over the past several years The Slap Bass Program has become the undisputed bible of Bass Institute of Technology (BIT) instructor Alexis Sklarevski is a. Alexis is the author of the critically acclaimed instructional DVD, The Slap Bass Program, and also co-produced Fingerstyle Funk, the instructional DVD by. DESCRIPTION. Over the past several years The Slap Bass Program has become the undisputed bible of slap technique. The video has garnered more.

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At sklarevsli time there were a few books and videos out that covered slap technique but none that sort of broke everything down into manageable pieces and explained it.

Previous Interview Dec slwp Reid Anderson. The Complete Guide and has done bass clinics throughout Japan and Europe. For me it was all about seriously studying music and trying to play all the time.

Interview – Alexis Sklarevski – For Bass Players Only

Those first chords were just spine-tingling…wow…here I am doing this tune which, up until then, I had only listened to on the album. From there we started playing real gigs and that finally led to me moving to Los Angeles, going to BIT and getting more and more serious about becoming a musician and trying to do it for a living.

The great thing about modern technology is that now anyone can make an album in their bedroom. I also think it validates you as an educator since students will listen when they know you have professional experience. Also see our exclusive FBPO interviews with the following bass players, all of whom are mentioned here: I worked through a pretty decent repertoire of classical music and I could play some Beethoven, Bach, Chopin waltzes…that sort of stuff.


How do you help your students find that balance between cultivating their musical artistry on the one hand, while preparing them to make an nass living in the music industry on the other? I was very lucky that I worked with David Schaub who was the producer and real brains behind that particular project. By playing and working as a musician you bring a much more realistic and believable perspective to teaching.

At one point I stood right beside him and duck-walked for about three steps…I made him laugh. Interview — Alexis Sklarevski. The downside is lots of people who really have no business doing something like that…are. There are still a few people I would do something like that with if they wanted to: What kind of aspirations do most of your incoming bass students have?

You have to sklarefski open to that.

Interview – Alexis Sklarevski

Rocco and David Garibaldi TOP drummer are one of the most interesting and creative rhythm sections ever. That was really me creating a project where I would get to work with a long-time hero of mine.

You must have an good story or two you can thf. The best thing was that I learned how to read music at the same time I learned to read words. What can a student expect to get out of the training there? At this point you can have a finished tune or complete CD and never use a single musician for anything.


Hudson Music UK – Alexis Sklarevski: The Slap Bass Program

Of course the bass program covers all the fundamental music subjects like technique, harmony, theory, reading etc. I love working on tunes and coming up with parts but there have been many times when whatever I came up with was changed and molded and I ended up playing something totally different than when we started.

I never took any bass lessons, so I spent quite a bit of time practicing in the basement.

At the same time, I was in school and all my friends were getting into rock and jazz by playing guitar and drums. Actually, it was a mega-popular videotape even before the prevalence of DVDs!

They do sessions, gigs, tours…whatever. Your email address will not sklraevski published.

All the bass instructors at MI are working, professional musicians who do a lot of very cool stuff with a great range of artists. I got David involved in that because I knew he would do a alexus job. Of course there were lots of close-ups. At least not alfxis it comes to music. David got my name from someone and we set out to make a real instructional video and not just an expensive business card.