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 never took any bass lessons, so I spent quite skarevski bit of time practicing in the basement. I like a good tune. It still is in a lot of ways. How did you end up a bass player? The Complete Guide and has done bass clinics throughout Japan and Europe.

Tell me about the bass program at the Musicians Institute. At one point I stood right beside him and duck-walked for about three steps…I made him laugh. For me it was all about seriously studying music and trying to play all the time.

Also see our exclusive FBPO interviews with the following bass players, all of whom are mentioned here: What kinds of things do you like to do that are not necessarily musically oriented?

Actually, it was a mega-popular videotape even before the prevalence of DVDs! I have never stopped playing out and sklafevski gigs, sessions and whatever else comes along. At least not when it comes to music. The great thing about modern technology is that now anyone can make an album in their bedroom. 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 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 could have never done it on my own. The best thing was that I learned how to read music at the same time I learned to read words. Previous Interview Dec 17 Reid Anderson. You have to be open to that. By playing and working as a musician you bring a much more realistic and believable perspective to teaching. New Interview Dec 25 Geddy Lee. What sklarevsii a student sklaervski to get out of the training there?

Hudson Music UK – Alexis Sklarevski: The Slap Bass Program

That was really me creating a project where I would get to work with a long-time hero of mine. A year or two later I met a couple of guitar players and we started jamming together and trying to learn tunes. There are still a few people Aleexis would do something like that with if they wanted to: Other than music, I like to spend time riding my mountain bike and hiking.

I was probably as good a sight-reader at the age of 15 as I am now! How could I say no to that?!

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. I would do these piano festivals and recitals and I just remember being so nervous.

alexie The reason I started playing 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. I actually started out on piano when I was 5 or 6 years old and continued until I was 15 or so. David got my name from someone and we set out to make a real instructional video and not just an expensive business card. Currently, he continues recording and performing with many artists in the U.


Rocco and David Garibaldi TOP drummer are one of the most interesting and creative rhythm sections ever. You must have an good story or two you can share.

Of course there were lots of close-ups. People are still watching it and buying it.

The Beatles and James Taylor…that was it for me. Your email address will not be published.

They do sessions, gigs, tours…whatever. The single most important thing someone can learn by going to school is how to continue teaching themselves for the rest of their lives. The downside is lots of people who really have no business doing something like that…are.

Interview – Alexis Sklarevski

I got David involved in that because I knew he would do a great job. Working at MI is only part of my musical life, as it should be. At this point you can have a finished tune or complete CD and never use a single musician for anything. I worked through a pretty decent repertoire of classical music and I could play some Beethoven, Bach, Chopin waltzes…that sort of stuff. What kind of aspirations do most of your sklafevski bass students have?

All the bass instructors at MI are working, professional musicians who do a lot of very cool stuff with a great range of artists.

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