Something my teacher pointed out to me in my last lesson: We were going over some basic funk slap/pop stuff (although that's irrelevant to what the rest of this post is about...), and my teacher gave me a simple little groove to start with, after which I would have to expand on etc. But when I played the first note, my teacher stopped me and asked me why I was starting with my middle finger. Basically, the first couple notes were: --------- -------5- ----7---- -5------- And so I started on the 5th fret on the E with my middle finger, because that was the finger that I had unconsciously chosen to lead with. The next time I played it (if my teacher hadn't stopped me), I might have lead with my index finger. Basically, my teacher told me that if I was going to start with my middle finger, it'd be awkward to either use my ring finger, pinky or slide my middle finger up to play the next note. So my question is, is it bad technique to unconsciously lead with any finger, and lead differently each time (or at least with a 50/50 chance of leading with my index or middle finger) with my fretting hand, if by the 3rd or 4th note played I'm into a set fingering (assuming I've played the piece before)? Actually, leading off my originally-thought-irrelevant slap stuff, I noticed my teacher pops with only his index finger, and therefore told me that it'd be hard to pop 2 notes in a row relatively quickly, whereas I pop with both my index and middle fingers, and can alternate between the 2 if I have to pop 2 notes in a row, sort of like playing fingerstyle with 2 fingers. Is this odd, normal, paranormal, or just handy to be able to do? Or none of the above?