I'm a newb to the bass and so I'm really starting at ground zero. 2 things: 1. I noticed that I wasn't really paying attention to my plucking fingers and proper alternating. When I paid attention to what I was doing for the 1-2-3-4...on each string warmup exercise I was NOT doing proper alternating at all. Even though what I was doing felt natural, it was not proper technique IMO. So basically I stopped doing anything during my practice (about 30-45 daily) other than the 4 frets up and down, advancing 1 fret per cycle until I hit the 10th fret. Is this what I should be doing? Stopping anything else until I correctly alternate each plucking finger correctly? I think it is but thought I'd get some opinions. 2. I'm getting some fret hand pain after about 30 minutes of this - kind of at the base of my thumb which sits on the neck. I'm not wearing a strap when I practice, just sitting on a comfortable chair that doesn't have arms. I notice the neck is about parallel with the ground. Is this the correct position? I'm thinking that maybe I need to bring the headstock up a bit. Any recommendations?