I've been learning on my own for a little over a year from books and tapes. My playing sounds nice and fluid as far as I am concerned. I pluck the strings with my index and middle finger of my right hand and I alternate the fingers. I haven't really had to think much about my right hand technique for a long time and I do need to keep an eye on my fretting fingers. Over the past few weeks I have taken four lessons from a well qualified professional bass teacher. Right from the jump he objected to my right hand technique. He said I was reaching under the string with my finger tip and pulling up. It looks to me like I was pulling side to side, but I figure this guy knows his stuff. He showed me how he wants me to press down on the strings with my finger tip and then follow through to rest on the next string up. For example: pluck the A string with the index finger by pushing down on it and letting it roll off the finger tip and continue pushing that index finger tip firmly into the E string. He says this will get a better tone from the note and damp the next string up so it doesn't vibrate and muddy the sound. Makes sense, right? I buy into this and pretty much have to go back to the beginning to retrain my right hand to do it as he says. I practice like crazy, but for four lessons a week apart, all he wants to talk about is my plucking technique. I feel like I'm close enough and I sure as heck can't hear a difference in tone quality from how I am now plucking and the seemingly exagerated downward push and hard follow through to the next string that he keeps on about. I find it clumsy and tiring to play the way he wants me to and I definitely don't hear the difference. There are no other bass teachers in this town, but I'm not excited about taking a fifth hour long $25 lesson about right hand technique. What do you'se guys think?