I'm not sure if this specific issue has been covered before or not (searched a little), but I need some advice. The guitarists in my band have been writing faster and faster riffs as their technique becomes more and more developed. For a large portion of these riffs, the appropriate thing to do on the bass is play what they're playing, at least rhythmically. The problem is that it's getting too fast for me to play (32nd notes at quarter note = 120 is the current milestone they have acheived). Right now I'm a finger player, I've never learned how to play with a pick. I started throwing in my ring finger a long time ago. I'm pretty sure I could benefit in some ways from lighter gauge strings, as they are quite thick at the moment. Basically, what I'm asking is this: Would it be worth the effort and would I be able to gain the speed I need learning to pick? Can I get fast enough with my fingers? Are there any other alternative techniques that would be worth checking out? Thanks in advance for helping out a newbie to the forum.