Last Saturday, I received my new five string after years of playing a four. I had heard that it would take awhile to adjust to the low B but surprisingly, it wasn't difficult at all. That evening, I had to do a gig with a jazz trio and took only the five. It was very easy to play and I found it easier than my four string Jazz. It seemed like the bass played itself and I was only there to hold it. My question on technique, most of the songs that the trio performed I had never heard before yet I hit the correct notes constantly and my fingers played much faster because of the roundwound DR's. I have Tomastik flats on the Jazz which have a much lower tension. My fingers seemed to just bounch off the strings. Have I reached a certain level of playing? I didn't think about it much in the course of the evening but the next day, thought that I played exceptionally well for having a new bass with an extra string and playing songs that were new for me. I never looked at the fretboard either, probably because the extra string made it look very wide and intimidating.