I'm not a slapper. I've been learning it a little bit, but it freaks me out a little. I always feel like I'm doing damage (or could be doing damage) to the frets or the fretboard. I watch players that do it well and I can't help but wonder if it creates extra wear and tear. Is that technique somewhat ~hard~ on a bass fret board or the frets? When I do it, it sounds like I dropped the bass with the volume on, or perhaps two guys fighting with hammers in a pots and pans factory. Or like playing the bass with a set of drumsticks. On a good day it sounds like I kicked a metal trash can down the street. Or playing the bass with an electric fan. Or perhaps playing a harp with a chain. I do pretty well with the Entwistle tap, but since I'm left handed/play right my right hand isn't talented enough to do slapping with any kind of pleasentness. At least so far. I do this thing where I use a metal slip-on pick (like what pedal steel guitar players use), I put it on my finger upside down and sortof ~tap~ the strings with the metal pick - it doesn't take much to get an enormous ringing, harmonicaly rich sound. The attack is hammer/anvil sharp. It's sortof the same idea as the Tony Levin Funky Fingers thing. But with slapping and popping, I just get worried that I'll need fretwork at some point and since my main bass is a neck-through and we have no ~real~ luthiers in my area I would have to ship off the entire bass to have fretwork done. Not an appealing idea. Does it put the hurt on things? Thanks.