i was just fiddling around with double stops and classical finger plucking on my bass during practice at church and found a technique that I just got into fairly quickly and easily. The first time I saw Abe Laboriel play, was at the Baked Potato (some of you guys may have the Live @ the Baked Potato: The Dyno Four). I really thought that his slapping technique was really weird and I told myself that I would not like to adopt that technique. and now I have adopted his technique. I find it easier to control because it is all in the thumb, index, and middle finger. the "regular slap technique" has you worrying about the wrist, thumb, index, and middle fingers. I've tried the regular slap technique and I found it harder to groove. but there are some things that this technique cannot cover...the double thumb technique that I think Victor Wooten uses. But I see that as the same limitation a drummer has when he uses match grip as opposed to traditional technique. I know I may be rambling, but if a musician has found a way in which he can get around things, and can still do things that another musician can do then that is perfectly fine. all in all Abe is one of my favorite bass players and I have adopted his technique...WHEWWW!!!