HUH? I have been struggling for 5 years to play anything faster than 16th notes at 80 BPM 4/4 time with my index and middle fingers on my right hand. It has been the only thing that I believe limits me technically. I have developed other techniques to get around this, but they don't feel natural, and I'd much prefer to play at quicker speeds with alternating plucking. Last night, I looked up some exercises to get faster finger speed. I spent some time at work at my desk doing them, and at one point I was tapping my index and middle fingers on my desk trying to go as fast as I could. For the first time, I thought I'd try doing that with my left hand.... It was WAY faster! I thought this couldn't be right and would wait until I got home, picked up my bass and tested it out. I first played with my right and the same normal 80 BPM or whatever, flipped over the bass, and even though the plucking wasn't as consistent, I was flying at the speeds I've wanted for so long. I was likely going about 120 BPM. How the heck can a person who's been playing bass for 5 years, plucking with his right hand the whole time, and working on improving its speed fanatically, suddenly try it with the left hand for the first time and be 50% faster? It doesn't make any sense. If it didn't feel super awkward (especially fretting with the right), I'd sell all my basses and buy lefties. The thing too is that my left hand feels so free, where now going back to my right, it feels like it's very stiff. Though, my muscles on my right are a bit sore from all of the exercises I've been doing. I'm going to take a break for a couple of days and see what's up, but I really can't explain this... Maybe I should see an Orthopedic Hand Specialist? I took lessons with two different teachers and none of them had any real insight to improve my speed, other than working against a metronome. I'm going to upload a video in a day or two, hopefully someone can evaluate it and see if there's anything up. My finger motions on the right are a lot larger, and the middle isn't nearly as fluid as it is on the left. In fact, my right middle finger downstrokes have a large circular motion to them, that I think are also screwing up my index as well. If I play with only my right index, or my right middle, I can nearly play 80 BPM with each of them, solo, the finger motions are nice and fluid, but when I play them together the middle gets this weird circular motion into it, and my plucking gets choppy. The left middle finger does not do this. Anyways, if anyone has any tips that would be great. Here are the finger exercises I was doing: 1) Put my fingers flat on a desk, palm down, and lift each finger up off of the desk, as high as I could 4-5 times each finger. 2) hold my hands and fingers out straight, and then span them far apart for a couple of seconds, and then relax them but keep them straight. 3) Then do the opposite, where I squeeze the together for a couple of seconds, then release but keep the straight. 4) Make a light fist, and then, as fast as I could, flick my fingers outwards until they were straight. I did this 4-5 times 5) Touch my thumb with each finger 4- 5 times each. I did these exercises a lot though, probably too much through out the day. My fingers on the right hand, get particularly sore when I do exercises 3 and 4.