I'm not much of a bass player, playing "up-the-neck" is not in my vocabulary. Bass isn't my first, second, or even third instrument. All I have is one Fender J. I am also a three fingered fretter, my pinky isn't strong enough to fret a bass. But what I could do I could do without looking much at the fretboard and I could read a chord chart in any key, but some keys were hard ya know. So you get the idea, on a scale of 1-10 I rank myself a three at best, where 1 is never picked up a bass at all. All I wanted with BEAD was to do some octaves and stay down low while doing it. Ok, that much worked, it took a week of practice and I was semi-comfy with BEAD, I could do what I always did in the new tuning. But living with BEAD longer term has caused me to change in unexpected ways. - it drove me up the neck, which in turn: - forced me to do a decent setup for the first time, action was way too high, which in turn: - enabled me to use my weak pinky (big surprise - cough) which in turn allowed me to: - start using the one finger per fret four finger spread, which in turn: - is allowing me to play all kinds of bass lines I could never play before, and in any key! I know right? Who knew? So... yeah, I'm glad I switched to BEAD. And maybe I'm a four now... Now I'm thinking about a five string, but am worried the wider neck will cause problems for my still pitifully weak pinky. And muting 5 strings sounds hard, I have enough trouble with 4. But the itch won't go away... Now I am reading the 5 string conversion thread... And the injury thread... I have no idea how this is going to end up... I think that's what makes it fun.