Upright bass player Amy LaVere states that the secret to being a good upright slap bass player is to not to take oneself too seriously. If one wishes to be such a musician, they should practice by dancing around the room to music, so that when they begin to play the upright slap bass they will be able to move fluidly and have fun with this sometimes intimidating instrument at all times.
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Check out Amy Lavere on bass. A “slap happy upright”.