I know you slappers and "Lead" bassist are going to hate me for this. I like some slap/pop myself sometimes and the intermingling runs of the bass and lead guitar are really fine but "taste wise", I have my limits. Many people have said it and for the most part I agree. When it comes to bass playing, most of the time "less really is more". This might mean different things to different people but here is what it means to me. 1. Over playing (adding lots of extra notes and runs) a tune ruins the entire arrangement. I'm not talking about tasteful improvements, I'm talking about hammering on the song. 2. I will try to explain this in the simplest terms. Two 1/2 notes do not add up to a whole note. Two 1/8 notes do not add up to a 1/4 note. When you add in unneeded notes you are reducing the actual amount of bass in the song. Lets say the line calls for a whole note and you spice it up with two half notes instead. For the amount of time you take to put your finger (or thumb for thumbers) on the string and stretch or strike it and release it so the next note can be heard, no sound is coming from your bass. If you had played the whole note, the entire bar would have been full of bass sound. 3. Above all else, what it means to me is laying down a tasteful groove that compliments the arrangement as a whole. I guess none of this would apply to Metal since I don't understand any of it.