The Indian Slap Bass technique | Jayen Varma | TEDxIITKharagpur by TEDx Talks   3 years ago

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This video is a part of the talks given at TEDxIITKharagpur 2015, produced independently of the TED conferences. Music travels places, and it does that even from the lowest audible range of sounds, which is the bass. The beauty of bass is that it makes music come alive. In this talk, Mr. Jayen talks about the evolution of the slap bass technique on guitar. He adds his uniqueness to the technique by implementing ‘Indian jugalbandi’ on the slap bass guitar through timing of simple syllables. Encouraging improvisation and novelty, Mr. Jayen believes that ‘It doesn’t matter how you do something, it matters how it sounds’.

A bass guitar player and a playback singer, Jayen Varma currently holds the world record for being the fastest bass guitar player, clocking a peak of 660 BPM. Jayen Varma is also the inventor of the 'Indian Slap Bass' which combines the Tabla and Mridangam style finger techniques on the bass guitar. His feats have earned him praise from the likes of legendary bass guitarists including Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten and Bootsy Collins.

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