So, a lot of people dislike slap, and if it's simply not your thing, that's fine. I'm not here to talk about that. I'm also not here to talk about the general feeling that slap is "so freakin' cool" and the "paragon" of playing. I feel that many dislike slap style for some wrong reasons. This is just a sort of thought on my part, but I feel like some of the negativity towards slap technique comes from the fundamental nature of the technique. The techniques themselves are not difficult, and there are a variety of different ways to do it, and they all work. But the other element is harder to see, especially for beginners, and that is the fact that ultimately, it's a rhythmical technique. You need to be a drummer and have a groove to really use the technique effectively, as it's characterized by a very strong attack that is diminished by a percussive strike on some part of the bass. The initial attack IS the note. I feel like many people use it as a tonal technique, simply utilizing its different timbre. Due to its nature, this becomes grating and boring, because the sound itself is nothing but a harsh attack. Thus, it requires repetition and speed to be effective. Another problem is that people sometimes stop there. It's not simply speed that makes the technique effective, it's RHYTHM. The line has to work both as a bass part and a drum part, separately. If it would sound boring if played on a drum, it will sound boring when played with tone. Another aspect to this is that it's effective to use syncopation, as it provides rhythmical interest. HOWEVER, if the drums are already providing a lot of syncopation, it can easily get cluttered. For this reason, slap is best used over a simple, driving beat, and not when the drums are getting into the busy territory. Speaking of business, the only time when the bass should get busy when slapping is during a solo, and then only at the peaks. Otherwise, keep it subtler, and if not soloing, repetitive and groove oriented. Rhythm always trumps tone. This is starting to get into general soloing/playing mentality, so I'll cut it short here. This sort of became a little personal guidebook as to when and how slap technique works. Maybe it will be useful. I often use slap when I'm playing alone, but rarely when playing with others. Most of the time, if there's a drummer, slapping is unnecessary and detrimental. If you learn to be an ensemble listener, you'll know when it works and when it doesn't. So that's why I think many people look down on the technique. It's flashy, and easy to pick up, but requires a great deal of musicianship to actually use effectively. I would never discourage use of the technique, but would advise anyone to make sure they can do anything MUSICALLY if they are going to do it at all. And again, it's perfectly okay to not like the sound at all, and this isn't directed at people who just don't jive with it. But I'd consider thinking about why you dislike the technique before you really decide to hate it. Discuss.