Guys/gals, elements of this question have been asked many times but I would like to get some specific advice nonetheless. Some background: I am an intermediate player who has been on bassplaying hiatus for too long. So recently I decided to serioously try to get back on the horse and improve. (One of the reasons I stopped was that I just could not get to feel comfortable with my left hand) So the first thing I noticed when I picked up my bass (4 string Dearmond Pilot Pro Deluxe) was that the action actually seemed REALLY high. So with a combination of bridge adjustments and truss rod adjustments I try to set it up so i can play it with very little pressure from my left hand. In the end, although it got better (much better), I still feel that I have to exert too much pressure while fretting. It actually hurts my anchor thumb at times. So I had a look at my strings and felt like a fool within seconds. I am using very heavy flats (Labella) and I am starting to suspect that I have painted myself in a corner without realising. Too high action + extremely heavy flats = little progress for beginner/intermediate player. So my question is with that background in mind, what advice can you give me on strings? I like all good music but most important to me are Funk/Disco, Soul, Jazz(funk) and Rock. My aim is now that my muscle memory is weak anyway to make sure I don't develop the same old bad habits with my fretting hand. I have contemplated groundwounds but am wondering if they are they also very stiff/tight? Or should I just go for roundwounds? If so, are there longlasting rounds? Because one good thing about flats is their endurance :-D All help appreciated.