I am watching the Slap Bass Program video by Alexis Sklarevski. My problem is that when I "slap" the E or A string with my thumb, I get the annoying "string smashing against the fretboard" sound. Either my action is really low or I don't see anyway to slap the string with any force without it hitting the fretboard. The string bounces back, of course, resonating but it does not at all sound like the "slapping" that my ears hear on the tape. So I suspect that I am doing it wrong. The author has no doubt been playing slap bass since he left the womb and I just started last week, so I don't expect to master this overnight. However, I want to learn it properly prior to getting into any bad habits (which is probably where I am at now). When I pop, I get a sound close to that on the video but still off. He gets that "twang" sound where as I don't. The pop seems easier to learn than the slap. When I listen to others, I do not hear that sound at all. Should I be slapping the string so that it bounces off the fretboard? He spent a whopping 30 seconds on the thumb technique and quickly moved on to playing octaves and bass lines with this. I was left behind. Some newbie basic questions: 1. What part of my thumb should make contact with the string? 2. What area of the fretboard (or just below?) should I be hitting the string with my thumb? Many books say in the area of the last 3 frets on the fretboard, but his video shows him immediately below the fretboard. To each his own I guess but how do you folks do it as a general rule? 3. How hard should I be hitting the string? I seem to emulate his hand motions but I am not getting the same sound, not even close. 4. Should the string be making contact with the fretboard at any time during the "slap"? (not counting the left hand who may be fretting notes). 5. On the pop, should the string be "popped" so hard that it bounces back off the fretboard? 6. I have P+J pickups, which pickup is better suited (or mix both equally) for this sound? 7. What bass, mid, treble settings would you recommend to help "get that sound" at least while I am learning this technique? Finding a bass guitar teacher in South Florida is nearly impossible (not many retirees want to learn to play bass for some reason, too busy driving 35 mph in the left hand lane, I imagine). So I am hoping that you good folks can give me some pointers. Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!