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Alexis is the author of the critically acclaimed instructional DVD, The Slap Bass Program, and also co-produced Fingerstyle Funk, the instructional DVD by. 26 Nov ‘That looks good’ I thought to myself – The Slap Bass Program by Alexis. So off I go to the guitar shop and get me one of those. 2 hours later and. Master tutor Alexis Sklarevski provides a superb chance to learn the secrets to the thrilling and versatile world of the Slap Bass. Starting with the fundamenta.

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I never took any bass lessons, so I spent quite a bit of time practicing in the basement. What can a student expect to get out of the training there?

Rocco and David Garibaldi TOP drummer are one of the most interesting and creative rhythm sections ever. Working at MI is only part of my musical life, as it should be.

From there we started playing real gigs and that finally led to me moving to Los Angeles, sklarefski to BIT and getting more sklarebski more serious about becoming a musician and trying to do it for a living.

For me it was all about seriously studying music and trying to play all the time. I worked through a pretty decent repertoire of classical music and I could play some Beethoven, Bach, Chopin waltzes…that sort of stuff. What kind of aspirations do most of your incoming bass students have?

Tell me about the bass program at the Musicians Institute.


Interview – Alexis Sklarevski – For Bass Players Only

The single most important thing someone can learn by going to school is how to continue teaching themselves for the progrm of their lives. How could I say no to that?!

I actually started out on piano when I was 5 or 6 years old and continued until I was 15 or so. How do you help your students find that balance between cultivating their musical artistry on the one hand, while preparing them to make an actual living in the music industry on the other?

Your email address will not be published. The downside is lots of people who really have no business doing something like that…are. You have to be open to that. The reason I started playing bass was a combination of my normal personality which abss to NOT be the front person in any way and hearing Paul McCartney and Leland Sklar. That was really me creating a project where I would get to work with a long-time hero of mine.

The Complete Guide and has done bass clinics throughout Japan and Europe.

Interview – Alexis Sklarevski

Actually, it was a mega-popular videotape even before the prevalence of DVDs! David got my name from someone and we set out to make a real instructional video and not just an expensive business card. People are still watching it and buying it. Recent Interview Oct 22 Kilian Duarte. The great thing about modern technology is that now anyone can make an album in their bedroom.

The Slap Bass Program, Instructional/Bass/DVD – Hal Leonard Online

Also see our exclusive FBPO interviews with the following bass players, all of whom are mentioned here: Of sklaervski the bass program covers all the fundamental music subjects like technique, harmony, theory, reading etc. A year or two later I met a couple of guitar players and we started jamming together and trying to learn tunes.


The Beatles and James Taylor…that was it for me. What kinds of things do you like to do that are not necessarily musically oriented?

At that time there were a few books and videos out that covered slap technique but none that sort of broke everything down into manageable pieces and explained it.

You must have an good story or two you can share. Those first chords were just spine-tingling…wow…here I am doing this tune which, up dklarevski then, I had only listened to on the album. Several of them are also very accomplished arrangers, composers and recording engineers. I was very lucky that I worked with David Schaub who was the producer and real brains behind that particular project.

How did you end up a bass player? Interview — Alexis Sklarevski. At one point I stood right beside him and duck-walked for about three steps…I made him laugh. At the same time, I was in school and all my friends were getting into rock and jazz by playing guitar and drums.