I find that in order to stay in time, I have to spam dead notes everywhere. I've mastered the Flea way of doing dead notes, by patting the string with your two fingers on a downbeat. But I've also developed the habit where everytime I'm resting, my two fingers immediately return to that default position on whatever string I'm playing on. I know Flea does not do this, but here's a good example
. Watch how his fingers always snap back. Also, whenever I have to do eight rests, I always have to do note-sixteen rest-dead note-note, or else I'll be out of time. Help?