Best Slap Bassists

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The Top Ten

1 Sumon (Aurthohin) Sumon (Aurthohin) Saidus Salehin Khaled (Sumon), is a bass player, singer, songwriter, composer, music producer from Bangladesh and the vocalist and bassist for the rock band Aurthohin. He is known as "Bassbaba" (Father of Bass) among his fans and audiences for his bass guitar playing.

An amazing bassist
His playing makes me happy
Specially his slapping & popping make me crazy
There is something in him
In my ranking he is number one in the world
Just listen for a time to his playing specially in the tracks "Nikkristo" and "Guti the finale"
I'm sure you all will be his fan as I'm.
And we call him Bassbaba which means Father of bass
Here everyone knows his as bassbaba

Sumon is the bass player from this part of the world who has mastered himself as a great bassist and a wonderful vocal. And his bass solo from Guti the finale! O my! I love his playong.

He's one in a hundred... Everyone should hear his band's number "Guti(The Finale)... Best bass solo ever.. A legend

our pride

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2 Flea Flea Michael Peter Balzary (born October 16, 1962), better known by his stage name Flea, is an Australian-born American musician, best known as the bassist, a co-founding member, and one of the composers of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers with whom he was inducted in 2012 into the Rock and Roll Hall ...read more.

I think that Flea is the best slap bassist around. His aggressive slapping is killer in Mother's Milk and beautifully melodic in Californication. I personally think he gave the Red Hot Chili Peppers their signature punk funk sound. Totally deserves the Number 1 spot on this list.

He is the best ever. No matter who may come... flea will be remembered as the best bassist ever. He created the real way how to play bass. - bnhwrd

Flea is insane he is simply the best slap bassist around and his improvisations with john frusciante are just legendary

The best of them all. done. - emilk

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3 Victor Wooten Victor Wooten Victor Lemonte Wooten is an American bass player, composer, author, producer, and recipient of five Grammy Awards.

No one even comes close to Wooten! No one! Victor can play any style and all equally well. Flea is just a rock speed demon, he doesn't have nearly the same sense of Jazz and Funk as Wooten. Flea is good but Wooten is evil good! Flea and Wooten are on completely different levels. Just look up "Victor's Jam" on YouTube. You will NEVER see Flea play anything even remotely close to what Wooten plays in that clip!

For the person who said that Flea has no sense of jazz. Flea started out playing jazz music, sure on the trumpet, but the feeling remains the same. And I don't know where you got the impression that Flea doesn't have a sense of funk. I'd say he did a lot more for slap bass than Wooten. Still, two different bass players, different emotions whatever.

A Flawless bass player! Unbelievable tight and on time. Flea is a great bassist, however, he can't match the creativity and technicality of Victor. Also flea says himself he knows now musical theory yet victor has taken years out to study just that! Plus he has been playing since he was 3 years old!

He is the king of slapping, Victor deserves No. 1

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4 Les Claypool Les Claypool Leslie Edward "Les" Claypool is an American musician, singer, songwriter, composer, author and actor best known as the bassist and lead vocalist of the band Primus.

Les Claypool slaps his bass around like it's owed him money for about ten years straight. Listen to "Tommy the Cat", "Dirty Drowning Man", "Lacquer Head" or anything by Primus and you'll understand that Les deserves nothing but the top of the list.

This is a terrible thing that he's only in third. I think he is at worst in first place. I don;t understand, um, tommy the cat, jerry was a racecar driver, there are no better slap bass lines. And that's final!

#3 are you kidding me. Way better than anyone on this list. Who made this list. There shouldn't be anyone else on this list except for les claypool

Wow, the visitor was genius. I always though Jerry Was a Race Car Driver was a slapping, but I saw some covers and knew it was tapping. Though it sounded more likely slapping. - zxm

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5 Marcus Miller

Tasteful playing with a funky feel. More classy than "showy". Be it slap, finger-style, or tapping, he's surely the best!

A players' player. a prolific musician and producer. an ambassador of jazz, and teacher of young players. downright funky, always tasty, and off the deep end! A super nice guy too.

Just listen to Detroit and you'll hear one of the coolest and intoxicating slap lines. Pure Marcus Miller

Its all about his tone.

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6 Stanley Clarke

The man revolutionized the instrument. that is definitely top 10 worthy - herro

7 Mark King

There's nothing in slap he hasn't done or can't do. He may not have invented slap but he put it on the global stage, brought it to an entirely new level(! ) and inspired a generation of bass players. Level 42's music was always torn between jazz/funk roots and the pursuit of successful hit singles so in some way that has coloured peoples perception, he's not going t get the rock vote and he isn't seen as part of the jazz fraternity. But no one could slap a bass with the speed, rhythm, precision and melodic fluidity of Mark King when he cam out. Many now have caught up and can impersonate his style (some are in this top ten list). You see kids in music stores doing it. But one has to remember the impact he had and how far he elevated the skill of slap.

Definitely an awesome musician! For as many years as I have played bass as an amateur and personally met Mark a few times in the US when he toured back in the eighties one of the nicest guys and gave me a lot of pointers. Listen to one of the sessions and as he said close your eyes and tell me what you hear it literally sounded like he was playing a complete drum set between The Melodies and slapping never met somebody could make an instrument sound like many others

He is brilliant musician, he had so many ideas, I can listen to him all day long, and never get bored, especially Level 42's first and second album, genius bass slapping and playing. There is no bad song, it is art he is making. He is making great harmonies, and I enjoy them very much. He is LEGEND!

Best in the world. My favorite

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8 Bootsy Collins

Bootsy stands in a class by himself. Not only did he master the technique of cloning pure funk he smashes atoms while simultaneously delivering a superior element of funk in rawest of nature... The jimi Hendrix of bass playing!

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9 Geddy Lee Geddy Lee Geddy Lee Weinrib, known professionally as Geddy Lee, is a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush.

Someone said he doesn't slap, as a bassist yes he does. There are different ways to slap, John Entwisle also. If you set your strings low and hit them had enough just by playing normal has identical effect and sound as slapping is hitting the strings hard enough so they hit the last fret on the neck. Setting your action low and playing hard is the same result no matter how you got get there.

Geddy lee is a fantastic bass player I would him at a very high spot but he has never used slap in the history of rush so why he is on list I don't know - tonses

He came here because of the popularity. I don't think he is a slap bassist. Even if he is then still he doesn't use it often. He mostly plays bass guitar by pulling (plucking) his strings - zxm

Geddy should be at the top whatever it's question about. When it's about Geddy Lee it's perfect lol! - rosaliestpierre14

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10 Fieldy

Fieldy is a legend, he's the first Nu-metal slap bassist. From my favorite band, KoRn, Fieldy has been in the band forever.

I have to admit, fieldy is not the best slap bassist of all time but his sound and technique are just so awesome

Best bass player EVER next to Roger Waters (Pink Floyd)

Listen to predictable reclaim my place right now

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The Contenders

11 P-Nut

The 15 minute bass solos at every show, new every tour. Super underrated.

Watch him at a live show. No one does it better!

12 Stuart Hamm
13 Buckethead Buckethead Brian Patrick Carroll, known professionally as Buckethead, is an American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked within many genres of music.

Guess, I was wrong, he plays slap bass too. - zxm

Is he a bassist too? I didn't know. - zxm

14 Ashraf Ali Hira (Cruise, Sketch)

One of The Best Slap Bassist in The World

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15 Larry Graham

Larry Graham is the godfather of slap, not too mention all the other incredible sounds he can get from the bass. Go YouTube "crazy bass sound" and then come back with "flea", haha, what a joke.

Larry Graham influenced all the others on this list period! He is the reason this category exists in the first place, so who is better than him? What is even crazier he only started playing the bass, cause his organ broke, and started playing slap cause he thought he was going back to guitar eventually until he meet Sly and the Fam.

Ask yourself if you would find the following top 10 lists credible:
A Top 10 of Philosophers without Plato
A Top 10 of Modern Physicists without Einstein
A Top 10 of Innovators in Aviation without the Wright Brothers
...tastes may differ... But without Larry Graham in the Top 10, this list will not make any sense

Just listen the song "pow". I don't like this song, but the slap bass is awesome. - zxm

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16 Taiji (X Japan)

He got skills man. Tab, pull, slap, pick. His bassline was easy to find in X's songs. Sadistic Desire was a great work from, Vanishing Love as well.

In my opinion, he slaps a lot better than Flea. - zxm

Yes, once I saw. He is a good slap bassist. - zxm

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17 Wojtek Pilichowski

You're asking about "Slap" bass technique, he's underrated. A monster!

Dudes... Seriously. Check this guy out. Speed, Accuracy..
He is beyond incredible in my eyes. And definitely deserves a top spot. I was a Wooten fanatic until my girlfriend showed me a video of this guy.

Best bassist ever period.

18 Mike Starr Mike Starr Michael Christopher "Mike" Starr was an American musician, best known as the original bassist in Alice in Chains, which he played with from the band's formation in 1987 until 1993.

Just watch the Old Alice in Chains and you will see. He's one of the best and I celebrate him for that talent.

He slaps his bass and stomps his boots making great music.

19 Ue-Chan

Ue-Chan has taken the fundamentals he learned from Flea and has taken them to a whole new level while adding his own funky personality into the slap style. If riffs are instantly intricate and catchy and just oozing with personality and character.

Added for obvious reasons... Ue-Chan looked up to Flea and without a doubt, he can be compared to him.

Futoshi Uehara for the win! - MeowMix

20 Ryan Martinie

Ryan is so good. He could play circle around most these others on the list. Just listen to "Dig" and you'll know why he should be number one. Watch the interview of when he filled in for Feildy different styles but Ryan's is so much more complexed and faster. - GrandTony12

Ryan Martinie should be way higher, in the top 5 at least. He is amazing at slap bass, and bass in general

Just listen to dig and tell me what you think

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