so there's been a sort of dilemma in my life, and thats whether its better to 'turn up and pluck light' or 'turn down and pluck harder.' my bass teacher is a supporter of plucking harder. he encourages it both on bass guitar and upright. he believes that plucking the bass guitar harder gives a more organic or natural sound, letting the instrument resonate and getting the most tone from the wood. the director of the jazz band i'm in also likes harder plucks, but thats more for upright, which is understandable (gotta get the growl, buzz, and thump going). i used to be a very light player when i first started. i could play fast, and accurately, but i wasn't happy with the sound i got. now, i try to play with a medium stroke, enough to get the body resonating but not enough to get messy. so i read on TB all the time about plucking lighter, and it seems like players are very divided on the issue. what do yall think?