I was listening to "In The Air Tonight" by Phil Collins recently and decided to learn the bass line. I confess I have a soft spot in my heart for some Phil Collins - the bass work is phenomenal on a lot of his tracks. Anyway, it's really only three or four licks in the last 30 seconds of the song that keep repeating, but there's a fun one in the middle that goes AGFAG CC, more or less (you can hear it here: youtube). I tried it initially in 2nd position with the open G string, playing it on strings 1, 2, and 3. Then I did it in 5th position, playing on strings 2, 3, and 4. The first method certainly requires less movement (only two fingers on the left hand, no four-fret reaches), but after recording myself playing it both ways, the second method sounded noticeably fuller, with more "thump" in the lows and low mids. I know many guys probably couldn't care less, but I'm trying to build better habits and clean up my technique, and this is just a good example I ran across recently that highlights a question I've had for a while - is it a bad idea to sacrifice economy of motion, something I consider a hallmark of good technique, for a (subjectively) better sound?