Before I ever started playing bass I lost my index finger on my plucking hand. (Right) My first teacher thought I should learn to play bass with a pick. The pick felt unnatural to me and still does. I can use a pick if I have to but it is uncomfortable and I don't like it. Chording on the guitar is different - pick is okay for that and comfortable. I learned to use middle and ring finger for a two finger technique. Ring finger is pretty strong and my eighth notes sound fairly even. I play mostly contemporary praise and worship music, so the technique I have has worked pretty good. However a few songs that I come across are very difficult for me. There's a song called salvation is here by Hillsong that has 16th notes at 105 bpm. There is simply no way that I can maintain 16s for any time at that speed. I have been watching some guys use a double thumb technique a-la Victor Wooten. I have been practicing this but can't seem to get very even notes. Using a push pull with my thumb and then pluck pluck with my other two fingers seems like eventually I might be able to play the 16's fast but right now it's not very good. Somewhere I saw written that to master that technique you need about 50 hours of practice. I have about 3 and have progressed from impossible to bad. Any other recommendations for me of techniques I could use to compensate? As an aside, I met another bass player with a "short" index finger named Gary Lunn. Gary is a session player in Nashville and is currently on tour with Dolly Parton right now. The missing finger doesn't seem to slow him down at all.