I'm totally frustrated trying to learn to slap. I'm a converted guitarist now self taught on bass for almost 7 years and have played in classic rock cover bands for the past 6 (finger style). I really want to learn slap bass but find it hard and its not coming naturally. I can't get clean tones, popping or slapping notes so I give up easy after 10-15 mins and just go back to learning and playing songs... I've tried books and youtube vids but still hasn't clicked and I'm in a rut. Q: How long did it take you to become competent and confident to slap? Q: Did you take lessons or self taught? Q: I play a fender P, but I've heard active basses are better for slapping tone? I know I'll never be Flea or Zender, but really want to play funk music..help?