I first picked up the bass last February, but have only been consistantly playing with instruction since this January. I thought my technique was pretty good, but about a month ago I started having really bad pain in my fretting hand pinky. After resting it for a few weeks and stretching it the pain still didn't go away. I started to pay more attention to my technique and I noticed that I fret with the pad of my fingers instead of the fingertips. This causes the first joint of my ring finger and my pinky to bend backwards. I'm pretty sure that's what caused my injury. I need to start playing with my fingertips and for some reason it has been a really hard transition for me. It feels very unnatural to me. I have almost no speed and my accuracy isn't very good. Is that normal? When I play with the pads of my fingers the pinky is still in a lot of pain, but when I play with the fingertips there is no pain at all in any of my fingers. Also I was having a hard time with my non-fretting fingers flying up in the air when I was playing and since I've been playing with the fingertips I haven't had that problem anymore. What part of the fingers are they talking about when they say play with your fingertips? Is it somewhere in between the pad and the fingertip or is it directly on the fingertip. Does anyone have a picture or a video that could specify this for me. I really need something visual to make sure I'm doing it right. I tried to find a picture of this on google, but I came up with nothing. I would really appreciate any help you can offer.