I've been playing bass on and off for the past 16 years. I'm self-taught, and I'm trying for the first time to really learn some technique. I have always played scales/arpeggios/etc using all 4 fingers of my left hand. However, some sources suggest using primarily the 1st, 2nd, and 4th fingers for most stuff. In particular, I recently read some tips from Carol Kaye's website, and she really encourages this technique, citing that the 3rd finger is too weak in most circumstances. I am cursed with very small hands and fingers, so I'm willing to learn new techniques if it's really going to benefit. I am curious to hear from others out there about what left hand techniques they use, pros/cons, or any other helpful or interesting information.