“The materials here are
beautifully explained, well presented and, most importantly, musical in their application. I highly recommend that
bassists of all levels explore these
techniques as they are presented here."
Damian ErskineGino Vanneli, Peter Erskine Trio
"Barend's 'Next Level Slap Bass' is a wonderful compendium of ideas to get you thinking creatively about slap technique. I recommend it for anyone looking to expand their palette."
Michael ManringSolo artist, Michael Hedges
"Next Level Slap Bass is an excellent resource for Bass Players interested in some of the involved techniques. With transcriptions and photos, the learning path is clearly laid out for the student. Great Work!"
Stuart HammSolo artist, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai
"Being a long-time slap bass enthusiast since 1976, I am positively surprised by Barend Tromp's new in-depth exploration of this ever enduring technique.
His new book "Next Level Slap Bass" is a very-well-put-together tour de force of in-depth analysis combined with creativity and meticulous lay-outs.
Beginners and advanced players alike will find a wealth of material presented in standard notation plus tab along with precise instructions for finger placement.
Since Larry Graham's debut of slap bass technique, the style has indeed undergone numerous transformations. Many notable players have added their personal spin on the subject, moving the genre forward. Barend's book brings you right up to date with the latest developments, helping you decode what is often difficult to decipher, so that you can follow the steps with ease and clarity. A great accomplishment. Bravo!"
Kai EckhardtJohn McLaughlin Trio, Garaj Mahal, Billy Cobham
get ready for some new slap bass techniques
Double Thumb Imitation Technique,
Three and Four-Finger Slapping, Percussive Thumb, Fretless Bass Slapping, Chapman Stick Imitation Technique, Solo-style Slap Playing and much more!.........
Why these books?
With so many slap bass books on the market why would someone write another book on this topic one may ask? Because this is not yet another book on slap bass. Over the years I have seen most slap bass books and transcribed many slap pieces ranging from classic slappers like Larry Graham, Louis Johnson and Stanley Clarke to later players such as Mark King, Stuart Hamm, Marcus Miller and Les Claypool. Also more recent players like Victor Wooten and Michael Manring (just to name a few) have inspired me. I consider my style to be an amalgamation of all these great players. I picked what I liked and and added my own techniques to it just like most players mentioned did before me.