Ok, I know this could just be typical newbie paranoia, but I took bass guitar lessons for the first time....first time ever playing an instrument. I was able to position my fingers one finger per fret for frets 1-4, but it felt pretty tense, and it was difficult to keep my fingertips directly perpendicular to the frets. On the way home, I realized that I had pretty abnormal fingers, which might contribute to my difficulty. 1) My pinky is WAY smaller than any other finger. Obviously everyone's pinky is smaller, but mine is disproportionately smaller relative to everyone else. 2) The base (no pun intended) of my fingers slope downward (ie, my fingers are not evenly set up, my knuckles are uneven). My index finger is "set" higher than my middle, which is higher than my ring, etc. This is independent of finger length. I wonder if that's why I have so much trouble with the 3rd/4th fret with my ring/pinky. 3) I think I have webbed fingers?? Could that be hindering the stretch of my finger? I wonder if I could get my finger webs snipped...lol. Here's a pic... http://qoou.net/images/2012/07/17/d6Ik3.jpg Am I being paranoid? Of course, I didn't realize all my finger issues until I was on my way home, after the lesson, so I couldn't ask my instructor. He didn't mention anything about my fingers, so I'm hoping that's a good sign.