When I first started playing upright bass, coming from bass guitar, my preference for "home" was up around 3rd or 4th position. Finger stretches were smaller so I could move faster with less pain and more precision, fingerboard patterns made sense in the up and down direction, I had a wider range of notes available, and it was a "sweet spot" on my particular bass. As my sessions got longer and longer, 45, 60, 90 minutes... I realized that I needed to conserve energy, and I've been re-learning all of my tunes down in half and 1st position instead, so I can take advantage of the brief left-hand "rest" by playing as many open strings as possible. This has taken a lot of mental re-training, because the open string "jumps" always feel discontinuous to the way I think about fingerboard movement. But my biggest problem is that it sounds and feels so drastically different! There's obviously a timbre difference between, say, the open G string versus the stopped G on the A string; I'm pretty sure that I personally hear that difference much more than the audience does when other instruments are playing along, and have accepted that part. But I feel like I have so much less precision with muting an open string note than a stopped note, and in a run of 16ths the open notes always stand out as rhythmically distinct. I also feel like I have less right-hand precision in plucking an open string, or in following up with a stopped note on that open string once it's ringing. Do others fight with the "easy notes" like I am? Do I just need to suck it up and practice until there's no difference between an open note and stopped one? Am I going about this all wrong?? Help me learn to love the open strings!