I have been learning Bass Guitar on my own for about a year now, using Hal Leonard's 3 in 1 book/cd. I have been using the 1 finger per fret method almost from the start. But I have never been able to reach the 4th fret with my pinky finger without having to move my entire hand over. As far as I can tell, I have average size hands. Well I recently found a bass teacher and had my first lesson with him last week. One of the first things he had me do was play the chromatic scale from first position. As I played through the scale, he noticed me moving my whole hand over to reach that fourth fret with my pinky. He then asked if I was able to place all four fingers on each fret at the same time. No, I could not. If I grabbed my pinky with my other hand and pulled it over, I could just barely get it past the 3rd fret. He demonstrated for me and he was able to comfortably keep each finger positioned over each fret. As he played through the scale his fingers looked like they barely moved. My question is: Is this something that can be developed? Is it normal for beginners to have this problem? Or is it something I am just going to have to live with?