Slap Bass 
"The Ungentle Art"
By Kevin Smith & Mark Rubin
41 minutes, color VHS

Kevin and I walk you through the right hand technique, from simple single slaps all the way to the flashy triples and rhumbas, breaking down the elements of the style into it's components. Slap playing differs from individual to individual, and in various musical settings. We also cover string bass set-up, amplification secrets and the proper care and feed of the right hand.


Both Mr. Smith and I are on-line and available for "service after the sale" support. 

  • Check out my profile in Bass Player magazine, 8/99. (It includes my list of essential slap bass recordings.) Also look in the September and December 2000 issues for my "woodshed" articles on slap technique.


Mark is also available for instrumental workshops and clinics having led classes and seminars at :

WOMAD Festival (Toronto '92) 
Old Settlers Bluegrass Festival (Round Rock 'TX 96, '97)
Living Traditions Klez Kamp (upstate NY and CA, '97, '98,'99, '00, '01,'01,03)
Elderly Instruments ('98)
Centrum's Festival of American Fiddle Tunes (Port Townsend WA, '00, '01, 002 and '003)

References are available.