Slap Bass – Machine Gun Triplets

This course covers an unusual rhythmic device known as the ‘machine gun triplet’. This is essentially a very fast triplet, made possible by splitting the work between the two hands. Machine gun triplets have been used by many bass players over the years, but are probably most closely associated with Mark King, bassist with Level 42. Mark uses these triplets most often in his live solos, but they also occasionally crop up in his recorded lines as well. Les Claypool also uses them quite extensively, and good examples can be found in classic Primus tracks such as 'Lacquer Head' and 'Tommy the Cat'.

If you require additional help with any of the techniques used in this piece, the following courses (all included in the monthly subscription cost) should prove useful:

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This course is 52 MINUTES long and contains the following videos, each of which can be selected from the video player above: