how important is the strict use of alternating between the index and middle finger for articulation?? I have just started playing bass and was wondering about it. I just had a lesson and my teacher says I need to practice being VERY diligent about using that one, two finger technique on ALL my exercises being sure to DO IT CORRECTLY WITHOUT COMMITTING A SINGLE ERROR. In order to do this I must practice very slowly and make frequent mistakes. If I don't worry so much about the fingering I can play much easier and get through stuff much quicker. I just practiced for 2 hours on a simple exercise that I could NOT allow myself to be done with because I kept making simple right hand fingering errors. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE WHAT FINGER I USE? IT SOUNDS THE SAME TO ME. I listen to a lot of music and want to start playing some tunes...I have a great ear and pick up playing lines easily, but I feel stuck cuz I need to learn how to learn to play "lightly row" with the correct one-two fingers on the right hand. I started playing bass because I heard some great lines in music and I wanted to be able to play them. IF HOWEVER I NEED TO GET THE FINGER THING SORTED OUT FIRST, I WILL. I don't want to have bad technique, so if I need to play "mary had a little lamb" for three months until I get the 1212 right hand finger technique sorted out, I WILL DO THAT. Your thoughts please. Thanks.