This is a strange question, but the reason I am asking is I am getting a pretty severe kicking around on another bass forum that shall remain nameless. I number strings from the highest- 1 to the lowest-5. I've always done it this way. It's in every method book I have ever seen, for bass or guitar, or even violin or viola. It's also on every package of strings I have ever purchased. However, I mentioned this on the non- mentioned forum, and got told by several members they do not know anyone or have ever played with anyone who referred to the strings this way. They say everyone they know calls the lowest string 1! When I suggested this was akin to not knowing what traffic lights mean, they jumped all over me. Am I the only one who knows this, and thinks it's kinda silly NOT to know it?