Oscar Stagnaro

Afro-Cuban Slap Bass Lines

Learn to play slap bass in seven popular Afro-Cuban styles
Book with Play-Along-CD

for: Bass guitar

Music score, Playback-CD

Item no.369981
Author/ComposerOscar Stagnaro
Scope56 pages; 23 × 30.5 cm
Release year2004
Publisher/ProducerHal Leonard
Producer No.HL50449512
26.20 €
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
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Afro-Cuban rhythms are hot, and the bass is the beating heart of the groove! Now you can learn to play slap bass in seven popular Afro-Cuban styles: cha cha, son montuno, songo, timba, Afro-Cuban 6/8, Latin jazz, and Latin jazz in 7. Whether you read tab or standard notation, you will quickly learn all these styles and develop your slap bass techniques to create style-appropriate articulations. The included CD has percussion tracks, play-along tracks and complete songs to help you improve your groove to an Afro-Cuban rhythm. Grammy-winning bassist Oscar Stagnaro is one of today's top players and a pioneer in bass education. He is an associate professor at Berklee College of Music, where he helped found the Latin bass studies department. He is co-author of The Latin Bass Book.

Slap bass techniques you will learn include:

  • Thumb (Slap)
  • Thumb Up
  • Dead Note
  • Pull Off
  • Hammer On
  • Pull-Hammer
  • Slide
  • Lift


  • Introduction to Afro-Cuban Styles
  • Slap Technique
  • Lesson 1: Cha Cha Cha
  • Lesson 2: Son Montuno
  • Lesson 3: Songo
  • Lesson 4: Timba
  • Lesson 5: Afro-Cuban 6/8
  • Lesson 6: Latin Jazz
  • Lesson 7: Latin Jazz in 7