Hello again. I've been having a bit of a delema with my pinky. When I arrived at my most recent bass lesson, my teacher told me that my technique concerning my pinky was wrong. When I'm playing a piece that requires the use of my pinky (as well as when I improvise), I tend to have my pinky pointing straight out when I'm not using it and my teacher says that I should keep it's tip pointed towards my fingerboard at all times under these circumstances. I've been practicing this for a day or two now and I'm finding that my hand feels very strained after a short while when I attempt to keep my pinky pointed at the fingerboard. It causes my hand a lot of pain doing this as opposed to just keeping it pointed outward when not in use. The way I was doing it before (pointed outward) felt a lot better than what the teacher tells me to do. My teacher's explanation is that my pinky will be far more available if I keep it pointed at the fingerboard instead of pointed outwards. I can understand the logic but I've got to say that I'm just far more comfortable with what I was doing before and I wasn't experiencing any problems what so ever pinky-wise. One thing I remember hearing him mutter was something about me not being old enough to have to worry about tendinits. Why the heck did he say that? Is his suggested technique going to potentially mess up my left (fretting) hand? There's my dilema. What should I do? Should I keep doing what I'm doing? Should I listen to my teacher and just cope with the hand pain? Is there any risk doing it his way?