Ok big rant coming. I just went and checked out a bass course at a well-respected music college. They have requirements that you learn and achieve a certain standard in what they consider to be key skills in the bass playing music industry. Okay, this might be a bit controversial, but I've been playing for the past ten years, and generally I've found if you: Play slap bass Play mostly harmonics Start playing the bass as if it's complete instrument (ie, melody and chords) ..for more than about 10 seconds... Then people basically won't want you in their band. I say that, there is of course the uber-cheese or pure technique bands (like Jeff Beck's band) that have no sense of taste whatsoever (I cite 'Mama Said' as an example of this), but generally any band I've seen that's current and that's any good doesn't have one of these bass players. Ray Brown was highly respected as a bass player for example, but when does he play pieces that consist mainly of harmonics? Even Flea said in 1991 that slap bass had got massively overplayed, overexposed, and was starting to be commonly viewed as being a macho and crass way of playing. So now it's nearly 20 years later, surely it's even more redundant now? As far as I can tell, I don't think it's enjoying a resurgence. In my experience, slap bass today generally makes people yawn, or worse, cringe. Amongst curators of events, good booking agents, or serious musicians and artists looking to find a bass player to assist interpreting their music, I would not even want a rumour to go round that I play slap bass. I had a look at the grade 8 electric bass guitar book the other day. It might be difficult to play, but my god it sounds horrible! Compare this to grade 8 classical, where you learn to play music by true geniuses, Mozart, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Debussy etc.. It's like having a cookery course where you learn to make big macs Check out the Ray Brown youtube videos for an example. He explains that when he was young, there was a way of playing the double bass by slapping the strings and showing off. It's like if he turned around to all the students in that class and said - "okay, this is something that's old-hat now, but you HAVE to be able to do this, because 40 years ago, it was popular, and I besides I can do it. Otherwise you fail the course." Notice, Ray Brown is discussing with the students how the music is moving forward, and what's current, not getting them to play extended techniques from the past that are redundant. In my opinion if they don't make the music taste on these courses a bit more current, then music's not going to move forward. (At least, the musicians coming from these courses). At the moment, these courses are like a massive taste-filter. Only bass players who are prepared to play slap can get through. You can give a nod to the past, but insisting that that guitarists shred, and bass players slap, to a very high standard, is like some bad hangover from the 80s that just won't go away.