I've played for a few years, learning mostly by occasionally reading reference books. I finally resolved to go through Hal Leonard Bass Method from page 1, especially for learning sight reading. However, three major things in the book immediately seem strange to me. I'm hoping the experts here can clear them up, and it's OK if you're not familiar with the book. (I'm right handed and use fingerstyle.) 1) What are the advantages and disadvantages of the 1-2-4 fingering method? This is what the book calls the method of playing chromatic scales with only the index, middle, and little fingers of the left hand and shifting your hand up and down the neck as necessary. Isn't it far more efficient to use all four fingers? Although it's an unpleasant stretch from the first to fourth frets when you're starting out, it's no longer unpleasant for me, and it's possible to cover the complete chromatic scale from low E up to B (on the fourth fret of the G string) without having to shift. Am I missing something? 2) Is there anything wrong with holding the rest of my right hand well away from the thumb? I plant my thumb on the pickup like the book says, but the book also says that the right hand should be held close enough to the thumb such that after plucking the E string, the index or middle finger comes to rest against the thumb. When I do it, the index or middle finger comes to rest against the body of the guitar. This feels much less awkward to me than bunching up my hand as the book recommends. 3) Does anybody really move their entire right hand when moving between lower and higher strings? The book recommends moving the right thumb off the pickup and placing it on the E string when playing the A string, and moving the thumb to the A string when playing the G string. I simply keep my thumb on the pickup and stretch the other fingers a little bit more for the higher strings. This feels far more natural and efficient to me than moving my whole hand around, thumb included. Am I missing something about right hand placement? Thanks!