Over the past several years The Slap Bass Program has become the undisputed bible of Bass Institute of Technology (BIT) instructor Alexis Sklarevski is a. Alexis is the author of the critically acclaimed instructional DVD, The Slap Bass Program, and also co-produced Fingerstyle Funk, the instructional DVD by. DESCRIPTION. Over the past several years The Slap Bass Program has become the undisputed bible of slap technique. The video has garnered more.

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What kind of aspirations do most of your incoming bass students have? It still is in a lot of ways. Also see our exclusive FBPO interviews with the following bass players, all of whom are mentioned here: I was very lucky that I worked with David Schaub who was the producer and real brains behind that particular project.

The Beatles and James Taylor…that was it for me. At one point I stood right beside him and duck-walked for about three steps…I made him laugh.

The great pdogram about modern technology is that now anyone can make an album in their bedroom. By playing and working as a musician you bring a much more realistic and believable perspective to teaching. Actually, it was a mega-popular videotape even before the prevalence of DVDs! How could I say no to that?!

That was really me creating a project where I would get to work with a long-time hero of mine. People are still watching it and buying it. Of course there were lots of close-ups. Rocco and David Garibaldi TOP drummer are one of the most interesting and creative rhythm sections ever. Several of them are also very accomplished arrangers, composers and recording engineers.

All the bass instructors at MI are working, professional musicians who do a lot of very cool stuff with a great range of artists. I could have never done it on my own. The single most important thing someone can learn by going to school is how to continue teaching themselves for the rest of their lives. Your email address will not be published. What can a student expect to get out of the training there?


I was probably as good a sight-reader at the age of 15 as I am now! For me it was all about seriously studying music and trying to play all the time. I would do these piano festivals and recitals and I just remember being so nervous. They do sessions, gigs, tours…whatever. 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.

I never took any bass lessons, so I spent quite a bit of time practicing in the basement.

At least not when it comes to music. 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 solarevski What kinds of things do you like to do that are not necessarily musically oriented?

Interview — Alexis Sklarevski. The reason I started alexs bass was a combination of my normal personality which was to NOT be the front person in any way and hearing Paul McCartney and Leland Sklar. I worked through a pretty decent repertoire of classical music and I could play some Beethoven, Bach, Chopin waltzes…that sort of stuff. New Interview Dec 25 Geddy Lee.

Currently, he continues recording and performing with many artists in the U. The Complete Guide and has done bass clinics throughout Japan and Europe.

Interview – Alexis Sklarevski

David got my name from someone and we set out to make a real instructional video and not just an expensive business card. You have to be open to that. The wardrobe lady brought out this long purple beard and gave it to me to wear, which everyone in the band thought was very funny. Of course the bass program covers all the fundamental music subjects like technique, harmony, theory, reading etc. I got David involved in that because I knew he would do a great job.


I love working on tunes and coming up with parts but there have been many times when whatever I came up with was changed and molded and I ended up playing something totally different than when we started. How did you end up a bass player? Those first chords were just spine-tingling…wow…here I am doing this tune which, up until then, I had only listened to on the album. From there we started playing real gigs and that finally led to me moving to Los Angeles, going to BIT and getting more and more serious about becoming a musician and trying to do it for a living.

You must have an good story or two you can share. I have never stopped playing out and doing gigs, sessions and whatever else comes along.

Hudson Music UK – Alexis Sklarevski: The Slap Bass Program

I also think it validates you as an educator since students will listen when they know you have professional experience. A year or two later I met a couple of guitar players and we started jamming together and trying to learn tunes. Previous Interview Dec 17 Reid Anderson. Tell me about the bass program at zlap Musicians Institute.

Working sklaeevski MI is only part of my musical life, as it should be. Other than music, I like to spend time riding my mountain bike and hiking. I actually started out on piano when I was 5 or 6 years old and continued until I was 15 or so.

Interview – Alexis Sklarevski – For Bass Players Only

The best thing was that I learned how to read music at the alexs time I learned to read words. I like a good tune. I would love to go out on tour again, preferably with someone I really like.