I asked my bass instructor today (lesson #3 for this newbie) how using Simandl Technique one would play the typical major blues arpeggio line using three fingers. Coming from electic bass, I am very used to four fingers, no shifts. I asked him if he though old guys like Willie Dixon used a Simandl Three Finger Method. While he was not familiar with Willie, he felt that most guys from the old era would be classically trained, able to read music, and most likely familiar with Simandl. My question is, Did the old blues guys like Dixon use this approach? I would expect it more from jazz guys, but I post the same question for the likes of Ray Brown, Ron Carter, etc... I guess the point of my question is...do I need Simandl to play these styles?