I know this has been done a million times over, but I'll bring it up again. I'm curious as to what is deemed to acceptable slapping, Many fellow talkbassers seem to rip on flea or music store salesman who play little licks and tricks on the bass. I have become a fairly decent slapper over the past few months trying to dedicate myself to the "Mark King" style of slapping, now what I'm curious about is if that is considered acceptable or not. Is playing a line like "mr pink" or one of his live solo's considered a good slap line? to the non slappers? It seems to me that if you want to slap and slap well, one should avoid the basic little octave slap and pop, and master ghost notes, left hand slapping and strumming patterns etc...etc... and of course make it fit into the song. I dont think there is anything wrong with slapping as long as you can do it well and make it fit in the song. Calling slapping a fad because the music store slaesman plays a few crappy licks, seems similar to calling tapping a fad because you see the same guy doing little crappy tapped arpegios on a guitar, (Or Bass). Which reminds me... I think slapping and tapping paterns are great as well, When playing fingerstyle I usually play very close to the bridge pickup, which makes it more difficult to get tapping and regular playing paterns in, but when you slap it is alot easier for me to get slapping and tapping patterns in. similar to victor wootens me and my bass guitar, unless your wrong robot and play it fingerstyle and still fit the chords in without tapping them : ) anyways... Does anyone else agree with what I'm saying?