I've been slapping poorly for the last two years and have never been good at it at all. I recently decided to do something about it and got Ed Friedland's slap DVD. I realize that I do not pop properly at all. I slap horozontially at the strings and go through them, but I my popping is the problem. How far under the string am I supposed to go when I pop? Right now I am popping with about the same area of my finger that I also play on when I play finger style. I'll provide pictures later if anyone needs them. In the DVD (and on this site on some certain popping threads) it says to pop right where your nail ends on the side of your finger. Also, I think I have been slapping wrong too. For me, it is very unnatural to slap with my index finger curled in and ready to pop on the D string. Am i supposed to? My problem is that I cannot pop immediately after I slap. I think the ultimate problem is that my finger goes too much under the string when popping. BUT it feels so unnatural to pop with just the side of the finger. If this doesn't make sense I can post some pictures but it may not be until tomorrow. I'm just very frustrated that it seems like everyone else gets it, but i can't even POP! It's so UNNATURAL for me. THat's why I mainly play fingersytle but I realize it's important as a bassist to also know how to slap so i'm trying to learn now. Any tips will be apprecaited, and hopefully I can post some pictures to show you all what I mean. Thanks.