There was a time I loved to slap. Never was a drop-dead great slapper, but I could hold my own. When I first started playing bass, Stanley Clarke had just started making his mark on the scene as a soloist, and slapping was becoming popular on funk albums. Bassists who slapped did it to make the music funky and a little more percussive. It was great! Then Victor Wooten came along and started doing slapping techniques that nobody had ever heard of or seen before, and we were all amazed at his speed, his sense of groove, and his amazing musicality and taste. Unfortunately, Vic spilled his guts on how do to his techniques, and now we have a nation of white boys with no soul slapping a barrage of triplets on their bright and twangy custom basses through fancy schmancy boutique amps set for extra bright and twang. And they all come on here and ask how they can make their rigs brighter and twangier. The other night, I had a gig, and we were doing some old 60's R&B song that was grooving right along and sounding great. Then during the solo section I switched to a slap groove, and as I stood there slapping and thinking I was King Of Bass, I started to feel the life get sucked out of the song. I switched back to a fingerstyle part and what do you know? The song came right back and lived! So if I don't eliminate slapping completely, it's going to be a rare occasion that I do it. I might suggest that approach to everyone who slaps, especially if you slap like a bad imitation of Vic Wooten.