Hey all, new here. I started playing bass about 4 months ago, and love it. The only problem is I'm having quite a bit of pain in my index and middle fingers on my plucking hand. I play slap and pop exclusively (Primus and Stanley Clarke are my main inspirations for playing), and I pop pretty hard, causing pain in the ends of these fingers. I've stayed with it, figuring that it will subside, much like the pain of developing calluses on the fingering hand, but this isn't going away. The only way it stops is if I don't play, and that's no good at all. I'm playing an entry level Yamaha with whatever strings the store I bought it from strung it with, no doubt the cheapest strings on the planet. Should I try lighter strings, is it the entry level instrument, are there any tips on technique that may help? I searched around a bit but couldn't find a similar topic, so apologies if this question gets asked and answered all the time around here. Thanks.