Most of us think, that there is no "right" way of playing bass, and the technique that is most natural and comfortable to you, is probably the best one. I doesn`t matter how you play it, if you like what you hear. Right? WRONG! I`m curretly in the third year of my adventure with bass playing. I didn`t had a terrible-rock star technique, my hands were ok. At least i thought so. But after I`ve bought my 6 string bass, wich quality is way ahead anything I`ve owned before, things started to change. The sloppines of my technique was really evident, so after a lot of talking, searching at talkbass, I`ve started to do few simple excersizes. First one was playing at bpm 40. At beggining I had problems with playing straight 16th notes wit the metronome beeping quarter notes. After just a few months(and i haven`t been doing this 6 hours a day, either...), I`m able to play every song I know reasonably tight at bpm 40 with only two beeps(half note...), and straight 16 notes with only one beep (whole note). Second one was some simple spider excersizes. We all know them. Simple stuff? "I can play this, no sweat....". Yeah, right... after first hour of playing them i felt like playing yyz at bpm 200 all night long. The third one was that i began to think alot about the economy of motion, eliminatig unnecessary movement etc. etc. My right hand position relative to the fingerboard doesn`t really change at all, no matter what and where I play. That`s a really big change in my technique and was probably the most difficult thing. The result is, after just six moths of playing with the "correct" technique, my playing didn`t just simply got better. 6 moths ago I didn`t even try to play yyz, it was way beyond my chops could allow. Right now, I can`t play it flawlessly up to tempo (that damn 32 note at the beggining, but it`s getting really close. Do yourself a favour, TRY to play it the correct way for a just a few moths. All I know is, that awarness of my technique and economy of motion is the most important thing I`ve learnt about bass playing, next to the knowledge, that playing behind the beat is sometimes the best thing a bass player can do. I really wish somebody told me all of that three years ago.