A couple months ago, I read an article in BP by Bunny Brunel that suggested you use the same finger when descending strings to economize movement. I thought "yeah, that's a good idea, but I pretty much do that most of the time." Cut to this week. I've finally got some time to practice regularly again now that my daughter's nursery is set up and she can safely walk around the room while I play (I'm a stay-at-home dad). I pop in an old Michael Manring video that I got by accident last year (I ordered "Thonk" but was sent "Bass Essentials") that I haven't really had time to play along with until now. There's a long section about left and right-hand permutations to increase dexterity and accuracy. When going over the the right-hand string crossing permutaions, I notice that, although he doesn't mention it, Manring always uses the same finger when descending. But what really got to me was that he was doing it while descending and skipping strings, and alway goes back into the 1-2 pattern when ascending, and never repeats the same finger. An example would be when playing an open strings pattern of D E D A D G. The fingering for that is 1 1 2 2 1 2. It may sound simple enough, but years of playing 1 2 1 2 1 2 has made it very easy to get snagged up when using this much more efficient way of plucking, and if you REALLY pay attention to your right hand, you notice mistakes that you normally wouldn't take notice of. The patterns and permutations you can practice can get far more complex than the open D E D A D G pattern as well, so playing with complete consistency in the ordering of how you alternate your fingers can become very challenging to relearn. In addition to this, I am also considering switching to a three-finger style rather than two. I've always been interested in playing three-finger, and I do use it to some extent, but I've never felt comforable playing more than triplets with it, and was overall far more comfortable playing two-finger. But that comfort is most likely derived from years of playing that way, and I imagine if I choose to go three-finger and not allow myself to switch back to two at any point, it could become just as comfortable. This has left me thinking that after 8 1/2 years of playing, I need to forget how I'm used to playing and really focus on a tight, accurate right hand. For me it's much easier to practice left-hand technique-you hear your mistakes pretty audibly in wrong or badly played notes. Your right-hand, however can make many mistakes or simply not be as accurate or fast as it should be, and might be misconstrued as neglibile if you aren't paying a lot of attention to it. What are your thoughts on this? Do you feel it will be worth relearning my technique? Has anyone else gone through a similar situation?