Is this considered good or bad technique? Many, many times I see bassists doing this. I can't help but think they do it for more than looks. I keep my fingers the same way I would play piano, all curled up. I know Billy Sheehan makes a point to do the same thing. It looks silly, but it works. Same thing with tucking in the pinky and ring finger... does it really help? It just seems to be a bother doing it all the time. I think it's more efficient to play completely from your second knuckle than to twiddle your fingers. So which way do you do you use, and which is generally accepted as better?