Though I would share stroy born of in-experiance. So I have only been playing bass for 7 months or so and am pretty much completely self taught. Last night at practice I made a discovery that made me feel like a dumb ass. I've been playing with a pick alot lately and when I did use my fingers it just did not sound right. Then I discovered the huge difference it makes when I play directly over the pick ups as apposed to closer to the bridge. (P-bass) All the sudden I have a full tone. I have pretty nice rig and I just could not figure out why I was not crazy about my tone, and low and behold its cuz my technique sucks. Felt like an ass, oh well, now I know and knowing is half the battle.