Hi - I've been playing double bass for about 4-5 months and have been playing alot - some days 3-4 hours. I started getting a pain in my first joint on my right hand from plucking and eventually, it's gotten so bad (shooting pain when I do simple things like zip up zippers, etc.) that I've started using my second (middle) finger to pluck and I'm starting to get the same joint pain in that finger too. So depressed! I've tried to use standard plucking technique (curling my finger slightly over the string and plucking with the top left side of the pad on the top of my finger. Is there another way? Does anyone else have this problem? Is there anything that I might be able to adjust to minimize impact on my finger joint? It's my knuckle joint - the pain is mainly on the top left side. Should I use my hand more for plucking and less motion on my joint? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated - I love playing but at this rate, I'm going to run out of fingers that I can play with. Thanks so much.