Okay, I've been having a problem as of yet. I've been playing bass for two years now, but I have never worried about alternate picking ( I use a pick). I now realize it would have been so much easier to learn when I started, because when I work on it now, I sound like I've been playing for six months. The rhythm guitarist in my band (we want to sound like Old Metallica, In Flames, and Iron Maiden as the core of our sound with some System of a Down and Tool influences; so playing fast at times is important), suggested I rest my right hand on the bridge and then alternate pick. I don't like the sound of the strings when played that far down. Basically, I am wondering if there is a best way to alternate pick, like how to hold the pick, or if it is something that isn't that important, that you just need to keep alternate picking enough to get used to it and to gradually pick up speed. Thanks for your help on this.