Slap Bass Songs for Beginners – Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) – Sly & The Family Stone –> For this series of beginner songs for bassists, we wanted to include a couple of slap bass songs. This is one of the best beginner songs to learn that is constructed entirely of a thump, pop, and slap bass line. It’s a relatively simple song to learn that’s great for practicing slap and pop bass playing.
The song plays the same bass line throughout. You are essentially thumb thumping on the 3 notes of B, D and E while popping (plucking) on 3 high notes of E, D, and E. There is also hammer-ons using C# to D.
This bassist on this song is Larry Graham. Many consider Larry to be the inventor / originator of the thump, pop, and slap bass technique. “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” was released by Sly & the Family Stone as a single in December 1969.
Here is MarloweDK with a bass lesson and tutorial for “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)”. He does a great job of walking you through each part.
Here is the song by itself so you can reference how it’s played within the piece as a whole: