I really wanted to put this question in the basses area, but realised it would probably get moved anyway. Many posts in the basses area ask about "such and such" a bass, is it any good for slapping? I cant figure why anyone would still bother themselves with this "technique". I dont recollect hearing a song on the radio for years that has slapping in it. Are slappers stuck in a 80's and early 90's timewarp? I work in a music instrument store, as well as playing 2-3 gigs a week, and have done a fair bit of teaching. When someone comes into the bass dept. and picks up a bass, 90% of the time the first thing they will do is whack it with their thumb! Many kids can slap their arses off, but cant play a C major scale. Why? Also, I play gigs in most all genres, and I have NEVER been asked to slap. Okay, so I've never been in a situation of having to play "Airplane", but as I said before, how much slap do you hear on the radio?I'm certainly not hearing any. I can slap, but choose not to, it does'nt sound like bass playing to me. I just fail to see why kids put so much importance in a dinosaur, when they would do themselves a huge favour by learning to play MUSIC!