The Chemistry Between Flea’s Bass Technique And The Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Polyphonic has described the Red Hot Chili Peppers as “one of the most important alternative rock bands of all time.” The cult band started in 1980s Los Angeles and worked their way up a worldwide phenomenon. The sound, members, and sound has changed over time, but their funky bass lines from Flea has remained constant.

Flea Red Hot Chili Peppers | Photo Credit Polyphonic

As a musician, Flea has proven himself be versatile and imaginative. Either way, the core of his sound comes from a melody and mix of funk and punk. On the funk side, Flea makes sure to “slap the base,” which was initially created by Larry Graham from Sly & The Family Stone.

Instead of strumming the baseline, Flea aggressively hits it with his thumb. The sound is heavier and is often followed by a pop. Flea started his career by slapping the bass and still does it today. But there’s much more to his technique.

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