I was practicing just now and my wife told me she could hear my fingers dragging on the strings too much and it really screwed up the flow of what I was playing. I notice I'm doing it a lot myself, especially now that I've moved up to a better amp. My bass is literally the hardest bass to restring I've ever seen so I haven't changed/cleaned my strings as often as I should. I've changed the strings (some crappy standard Ernies) once since I bought it five months ago and I play about an hour and a half a day, sometimes more. That said, I often catch my fingers dragging when I'm moving up and down. How much of this can I attribute to crap strings and how much to poor technique? Are there any exercises people do to reduce drag? Is there anything I can adjust on my amp or bass to cut back on the noise? Thanks guys!