i've been playing for about 5 years now, and i've really been getting into all of stanley clarke's projects and what-not. i've gotten pretty efficient with my slapping, but it's the popping that i just can't do. i can never manage to hook that string hard enough to pop it. i've been taking a different route, taking my thumb for a ride and using it and slapping on all 5 strings, slapping harder on the high strings to emulate the pop sound. it sounds incredible, but is there a real problem with doing it this way?