About a year after I starting playing bass, I starting playing with a pick exclusively. Almost always playing fast, grindy bass lines, it made sense to use pick. Most of my influences were doing the same. On stage however, I've never felt in control of my bass with a pick in my hand. I hold my pick with 3 fingers (index, middle, thumb) to keep it from sliding out of my hand. My hand cramps, to the point of not being able to move, at least once per set. I miss strings. Worst of all, I never feel comfortable enough to jump/move around and enjoy playing in front of others. So I've decided to switch to finger picking with hopes of making a full switch for shows by March. I feel much like a man who has worked the same job for 20 years and then decides on a different career path. I really don't know what to expect or how to achieve the level of success I've had with a pick and then move passed it. Any advice? Speed and endurance excercizes? How to achieve the same tone without a pick (gear and technique) How to get passed the intense forearm cramps? What are some of the differences you notice between playing live with a pick and without? Or if you could just share your own experiences between the two style, I'd greatly appreciate that as well. Thanks!