Hey all! I'd like to start out and thank all the members of this forum for providing me with hours upon hours of reading and information. This place is filled with so much information it's crazy. So thanks! Anyways, I recently picked up bass by borrowing a bass from a friend who no longer played it. I used to play guitar (if you can call it that!), so I caught on pretty quick. Within 2 weeks I decided the bass was for me. This weekend I picked up a Ibanez GSR200 (new) and a Behringer Ultrabass BX1200 (used). I'm really enjoying both but had a few questions. - I've read a lot about changing the action and in turn it makes it easier to press down on the strings and prevents "rattle". Right now, I need to press down on the strings pretty hard or else I get a loud "rattle" and the note doesn't ring as loudly. Is this something that could be fixed by changing the action, or is this me just needing to work on my fingering? - When I'm playing, I slide my fingers/hand along to move to different positions along the fretboard. This creates a "scraping" sound along the strings that doesn't sound good and it really ruins whatever I'm playing. Is this again just my technique that needs to be worked on? Is there some special "tip" on making it so when I move my hands I don't get this nasty noise? - I've been working on my scales to build up some finger endurance and my pinky is particularly giving me trouble. It seems I can't push down "hard enough" on the string with it. My other 3 fingers are fine when I push down hard, but the pinky seems to be the weakest. Are there any exercises that can help build up my pinky? When I played guitar I had horrible form which is why I didn't stick with it for too long. I decided now that I'm taking bass seriously I want to correct my form as early as possible! Once again, I look forward to learning from all of you and becoming a part of this community. Thanks!