Hey, I was wondering how "much" of your fingers you folks play with? i know this sounds odd, but let me explain... i was watching Metallica's "Some Kind Of Monster" DVD (which is a fantastic piece of work) and i noticed in the Cliff Burton (R.I.P, even in death he keeps giving something new to bass players!) footage he seemed to play moving on the lower half of this fingers (from the middle joint (is that a knuckle too?) to the fingernail) and not using the entire finger at all (from the knuckle down). it seemed to be the same for the girl that gets to jam with the band at the open auditions, she really nailed it. i started trying this myself, and i've found i can play a lot faster with half the effort. my style used to be pretty physical and i'd really dig into the strings, i suppose it would be a similar style to Flea. i used to occasionally get pains in my knuckles, but i thought it was just a weak finger thing. does anyone else have this sort of minimalist style? and not to deviate from the thread topic but its a shame they didn't show more of the bass player auditions with Twiggy etc.