Larry Graham Creates Bass/Snare Drums Bass Guitar Style

SKF NOTE: His distinct, revolutionary, much imitated bass playing, Larry Graham tells the interviewer, is Graham imitating a bass drum and a snare drum. That bass style help land Graham his gig with Sly and the Family Stone.

“After we didn’t have drums…I kind of missed having that backbeat,” says Graham. “I started thumping to make up for not having a bass drum.” He “compensated for the snare drum” by “a little thumping and plucking.”


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