I finally decided to work on my pick technique a bit, and so far I'm making okay progress. I've put together a bunch of exercises to play over and over again, but I still occasionally "choke" on a few lines when playing fast and alternating between strings. Anyone know some "instructor-approved" exercises? Lots of thanks in advance. By the way, most metal/punk lines I've come across so far are really more fun to play with a pick -- why is that? I'm using Fender medium picks because I prefer the way they sound, I've found that heavy picks sometimes sound "scratchy" and not aggressive enough for my liking. My current main bass is a Status Energy which does a great job at retaining enough bottom and "omph" when played with a pick.