Well, after many months of trying different things to combat a problem I've been having with my wrist/hand pain, I've decided to switch over to playing with a pick. I've made all the adjustments with how high/low I wear my bass and it's made some difference. However, while the pain is lessened (or even gone for the most part), I've found that the way I wear my bass (lower now) is frustrating in so far as how it feels now to play it this way. So, I thought, why not try using a pick? I started out over 25 years ago playing with a pick. I played using a pick for about ten years before I switched over to playing with my fingers. I played the last 15 years or so with my fingers. But some things I noticed since lowering my bass is that my right hand seems to feel weird without my arm resting on the bass body. Also, I have a severly double jointed thumb that bends way backwards (you can see it in the picture). This has always bothered me as it forced me to alter my technique for fingerstyle playing. Though it never hindered my playing. But the thing about it is, my double jointed thumb is actually perfect for pick playing. For a while now, I've been playing with my thumb and fingers closer together, more and more every gig and practice lately. If you look at the picture, it seems almost as if I'm playing with a pick, though I'm playing fingerstyle. I tried it last night at band practice and I loved it! Certain songs felt and sounded even better than when I played fingerstyle. I seemed to be in the groove even more so than ever before. Pick playing seems to suit me. It's strange how I discover this after 15 years of playing fingerstyle. Kind of like going back to my roots. It feels perfectly natural to me and it came back to me right away without any awkwardness. Like riding a bike. I'm enjoying it a lot. Seems to have given me a new outlook and a fresh approach to playing. I know some people feel that playing with a pick is something negative...but I can tell you that coming from both playing styles, it matters more what feels right you, at least as long as you can still play the way you always have...or better.