greetings. i have been playing bass for 7 years, when i first started playing i used a pick and played punk type of stuff. as the years went on i matured and started switching between fingers and picks and played indie rock type of stuff (think taking back sunday). my playing is influenced alot by eben from saves the day (again..think 'through being cool' era). im trying to make the transition fully to fingers instead of pick...its really rough though because i can rarely play a whole song fingerstyle without straining my hand. i have been able to hold it down and get the job done, but id like to get better, i can't really do any cool fills or anything because i dont have the speed, or the strength in my left hand, i try to play a G major scale and i cant even fret most of the notes all the way..it sounds horrible. then when i practice it my left hand starts to hurt really bad, i feel like im just starting to play again..any suggestions here about what to practice and how to avoid permanently injuring my hands??