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Here is the first video in a series that is taken from Larry Graham’s instructional video called “Super Slapping Bass. In the first part of this video Larry shows how to play some of his trademark licks. Unfortunately there are no slowed down versions of his playing, but since the track only contains bass and drums and zooms in on his fretboard quite often you can still make out some of the patterns he uses for playing his riffs.

This is the tracklisting for this video:
- 00:06 Ain’t no fun to me
- 02:53 Pow
- 03:46 I Believe in you
- 05:48 ??
- 06:33 Dance to the music
- 07:15 Phantom Of The Opera

Also check out the other parts of this Larry Graham video:
Super Slapping Bass part 2
Super Slapping Bass part 3

Larry Graham biography

Larry Graham was the bass guitar player in the popular and influential soul/funk band Sly & the Family Stone, and also the frontman of funk group Graham Central Station, with which he still tours around the world to this day.
He has also played with prince for a while around the year 2000.

Larry Graham is credited by many with the invention of the slapping technique, which radically expanded the tonal palette of the bass, although he himself refers to the technique as “Thumpin’ and Pluckin”. He says himself that he invented the technique while playing gospel in church with his family to keep the rhythm going when they did not have a drummer.

Larry Graham discography

With Graham Central Station:

  • 1974 Graham Central Station
  • 1974 Release Yourself
  • 1975 Ain’t No ‘Bout-A-Doubt It
  • 1976 Mirror
  • 1977 Now Do U Wanta Dance
  • 1978 My Radio Sure Sounds Good to Me
  • 1979 Star Walk
  • 1992 Live in Japan
  • 1996 Live in London
  • 1998 Back by Popular Demand
  • 1996 The Best of Larry Graham and Graham Central Station, Vol. 1
  • 2012 Raise Up

Solo albums:

  • 1980: One in a Million You
  • 1981: Just Be My Lady
  • 1982: Sooner or Later
  • 1983: Victory
  • 1985: Fired Up
  • 1998: GCS2000 (as Graham Central Station)

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