The online lessons of slappin’ bass are introduced by Hans Nelemans – one of the best bass players in Holland, and maybe even Europe – specially for Rockabilly Bash website. Hans has been playing rock’n’roll music since 1988. His passion for music and making it perfect were helping him to develop his knowledge and improve his technique through the years. Nowadays he is a professional musician, playing with his acoustic duo Prettig Geregeld, and also giving lessons to people who are interested in playing bass in rock’n’roll, rockabilly and country music.
"When I started to play with my first band I thought it was very difficult to play and sing at the same time. But after some practice I noticed that me and my instrument have become as one.
In a rockabilly set up the bass player is the one who's going steady. Giving enough space to the guitar player and the singer to show their stuff. Also you have to listen carefully to the drummer. He's the leader of the beat. Make sure your bass lines fills in perfectly with the other members. Then in the right moment you can show your capabilities.
Rockabilly music is a simple way of making music. And in rock and roll you don't need much difficult stuff.
My lessons are focused on how to teach in a very simple way the basic knowledge of making rockabilly and to challenge the student to discover a lot by himself by giving him a few handy tips." - Hans Nelemans
Explanation of lesson one:
In the first lesson I will explain the first notes of the schedule D, G and A.
At first you play the D string than the A string.
Repeat this four times.
Then G string and D string. Repeat this two times.
Again the D string than the A string two times.
Than A string and E string. Repeat this two times.
Finish with D string, then the A string two times.
To do so you should know what is the E, A, D and G string.
On the picture you see the notes on the fingerboard. The E string is the thickest string and the G the smallest.
Make sure you take time between the notes in a steady beat.
Repeat this exercise every day at least 20 minutes until you find the right rhythm.
If this is working, you can try to play along with Roy Orbison's "Ooby Dooby"- it is in the key of D