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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I was probably as good a sight-reader at the age of 15 as I am now! 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.

How do you help your students find that balance between cultivating their musical artistry on the one hand, while preparing them to make an actual living in the music industry on the other? What kinds of things do you like to sklarebski that are not necessarily musically oriented? The Complete Guide and has done bass clinics throughout Japan and Europe. You must have an good story or two you can share.

The Slap Bass Program, Instructional/Bass/DVD – Hal Leonard Online

How did you end up a bass player? I have never stopped playing out and doing gigs, sessions and whatever else comes along. The single most important thing someone can tue by going to school is how to continue teaching themselves for the rest of their lives. I love working on tunes and coming s,ap 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.


At that 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. There are still a few people I would do something like that progtam if they wanted to: 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 would do these piano festivals and recitals and I just remember being so nervous. The wardrobe lady brought out this long purple beard and gave it to me to wear, which everyone in the band thought was very funny. I could have never done it on my own. Working at MI is only part of my musical life, as it should be. The best thing was that I learned how to read music at the same time I learned to read words.

Learn more of the software I have on my computer. Rocco and David Garibaldi TOP drummer are one of the most interesting and creative rhythm sections ever. Currently, he continues recording and salp with many artists in the U.

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. I never took any bass lessons, so I spent quite a hhe of time practicing in the basement. Your email address will not be published.

Interview – Alexis Sklarevski

Previous Interview Dec 17 Reid Anderson. At one point I stood right beside him and duck-walked for about three steps…I made him laugh. The downside is lots of people who really have no business doing something like that…are.


Actually, it was a mega-popular videotape even before the prevalence of DVDs! I would love to go out on tour again, preferably with someone I really like.

Other than music, I like to spend time riding my mountain bike and hiking. At this point you can have a finished tune or complete CD and never use a single musician for anything.

The great thing about modern technology is that now anyone can make an album in their bedroom. Of course the bass program covers all the fundamental music subjects like technique, harmony, theory, reading etc. For me it was all about seriously studying music and trying to play all the time. The reason I started pdogram bass was a combination of my normal personality which was to NOT be the front person in any way and hearing Paul McCartney and Leland Sklar.

The Beatles and James Taylor…that was it for me.

They do sessions, gigs, tours…whatever. At the same time, I was in school and all my friends were tbe into rock and jazz by playing guitar and drums. David got my name from someone and we set out to make a real instructional video and not just an expensive business card.

New Interview Dec 25 Geddy Lee.