I have always played fingerstyle bass, and self taught myself how to do slap. I didn't really incorporate popping just learned to be quick and 99% accurate with my thumb. Now I have learned the "proper" slapping technique with thumb pop, I can't for the like of me get the popping right. I want to thump thump before I pop, and I also have gotten stuck in the same rythms. I was frustrated trying to learn from this one guy in a music store one day, and he saw my slapping style and said. " Well, thats cool you got your own thing going on" . I kinda felt like that wasn't good enough, or maybe I am just a bit concered with being the best player I can be. Any exercises or suggestions you guys have for popping? Like I said I can slap like crazy with my thumb all day, but am weak in my popping.