I'm one of those singer/songwriter multi-instrumentalist types. I can play piano, guitar, and sing fairly well. I haven't really played in a band in a while and I mostly just do a lot of recording. I started playing bass a little while ago so I could record bass tracks. Whenever I practice, I do it unplugged and rarely I'll play through headphones. I'm curious, how bad is this going to be for my overall technique? I realize that I'm probably plucking harder than I have to, and I can't address all those plucking noises that get amplified when plugged in (cause I can't hear them). Lately I've been trying to address this by practicing through headphones more often. Since all my bass tracks are going to be recorded direct, won't it be alright for me to practice through a direct box into headphones? I'm curious what you guys think and what the best way to improve my technique in this situation would be. I'd like to avoid buying a bass amp for practice because I have far too much music gear already, but if it were small and under $100 I probably would do it.