Definition of slap bass in English:

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slap bass

Pronunciation: /ˈslap ˌbās/


A style of playing double bass or bass guitar by pulling and releasing the strings sharply against the fingerboard, used for effect in jazz or popular music.
Example sentences
  • But that doesn't quite capture how alien sounding it actually is - it isn't quite funk, but it is funky, full of slap bass, slashing guitar riffs and loads of percussion.
  • The club was a cacophony of down tuned guitars, slap bass and the drummer's double kick.
  • So maybe he'll do the rounds and give us a slap bass solo next!


slap bassist

Pronunciation: /-ist/
Example sentences
  • He flows like a slap bassist, performing exhausting rudiments in too-tight spaces with little grace and even less rhythm.
  • Sure, Wooten is good, but he's a slap bassist for one, and specializes in soloing pretty much.
  • Instead the slap bassist returns to his hard-core rockabilly and roots-rock days on this high-energy outing.

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Syllabification: slap bass

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