Flea - awesome or
Flea - awesome or overrated? Here’s my take, including a bunch of tips on how to play like the man himself. (sock not included)
0:00 - Stone Cold Bush Solo
1:31 - Reason #1: Badass Slapping
3:29 - Reason #2: Authentic as F**k
6:15 - Reason #3: No One Trick Pony
7:15 - Reason #4: Melody Maker
9:26 - Reason #5: Got the Groove
12:27 - Reason #6: Classic Funk, Fresh Spin
14:03 - Reason #7: Keepin’ It Real
Whether you’re just a fan of music, or looking to improve your bass game, this video will give you 7 reasons why I think Flea is awesome including tips you can use to emulate his signature style so you can sound as kickass as he does.
First we’ll break down what makes his signature slap style so badass, and I’ll give you a cheat code for coming up with your own Flea-style slap lines. If you’ve got basic slap skills and you can count “one and two and three and four and,” you’ve got the gig.
Flea haters often complain that he doesn’t play ‘clean’ enough. So we’ll explore his punk influence, and how that background creates the fiery sound of the Chili Peppers. (that wouldn’t be the same if Flea played super clean and virtuosically)
And Flea isn’t a one-trick pony - he shows his versatility on his many recordings with other artists, including Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, Alanis Morissette, Joshua Redman, Atoms For Peace, Young MC, and many others. I’ll play you some of my favorites.
Flea contributes a lot of important melody to RHCP and the other artists he plays with too. I’ll give you another Flea bass lesson tidbit where I break down how he supports the guitar while adding melodic motion in the chorus of Can’t Stop. That’ll also show you that Flea does know some music theory, and why that might help you too.
But all that melody doesn’t keep him from being a solid rhythm section player. The rhythm of his bass lines is strongly linked to the drum parts. I’ll show you how his slaps and pops groove with the kick and snare of the drum kit, and how to start approaching bass rhythms the same way.
Flea brings classic funk history to a more pop and rock audience. He’s very open about how much he draws from Larry Graham, Bootsy, Louis Johnson, George Porter Jr. and more. I’ll show you a fun demo where I play bass lines from those great bassists, followed by Flea bass lines that share similarities.
I’ll finish up by showing you how Flea keeps it real. While other artists have sold out and bland-ified their sound over the years, Flea and RHCP keep bringing the fire. While Flea has changed his sound over years to add more melody and nuance, you can still hear him beating the crap out of his bass, from the first record to the last.
And grab more free lessons (that you can’t get on YT) over at https://www.bassbuzz.com/
You are an incredible player! How you can so quickly go from song to song, basic to full version, etc. is just amazing. And you are a natural teacher as well. Thanks for all you do. I really get a lot out of you videos and enjoy them all the way thru.
I'm not a big fan of the Chili Peppers, but I can say they are great musicians. You don't need to be the Steve Via of whatever instrument you are playing to be "good." I will make the argument that having a great interesting sound matters more than skill. I love Steve Via's skill, but I would rather listen to an AC/DC song...just saying.
There's a reason why most people don't know the other members in RHCP other than flea
Calling Flea overrated is proof that someone has no idea what it means to play bass or a clue about music alltogether.
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