A while back, someone posted about learning to play with three fingers instead of two and I mentioned how I have been practicing with four for a few months now. The technique I have been using is alternating from my index to my middle to my ring to my pinky creating a 1-2-3-4-1-2-3-4 pattern. I got to the point where my speed has exceeded the speed I used to achieve with two fingers. However, that is comparing to how fast I was at two fingers before I started practicing with four. I recently went back to two and realized that even though I wasn't practicing that way, my speed has increased over all no matter how many fingers I use. I can still play fastest with two. Anyhow, I watched closely when I played with two and when I played with four and noticed what was slowing me down when I used four. Its finger independence. My first finger is completely independent from my middle finger. However, when I use my middle finger, I find that my ring finger goes down slightly with it. This makes me slower since I have to reposition my ring finger to play the string, so its like I have to do an upward motion before I go back down to attack. This same codependent problem occurs with my ring and pinky fingers. I am sure that its possible to do exercises to gain more finger independence but I thought to myself, why should I teach my body to do something that is not natural when I could use what already feels natural and just build on that. My ultimate goal in using multiple fingers was to try and achieve the speed I already gained with using a pick. I am much faster with a pick but I prefer the sound of the fingers. So I have been exploring what feels most natural using multiple fingers. For me, It is using my index, middle, and pinky fingers! It probably sounds odd since the pinky is much shorter and far less powerful but I found that my pinky is just as independent as my index and middle fingers. Plus, it has gotten a lot stronger since I have been practicing and the length problem is easily solved by curling the index and middle fingers a little and putting a slight angle in the hand position. Now I have been practicing with the pattern, 1-2-4-1-2-4 and so far, it is much faster than all four. But hey, I might just end up going back to two. With a pick, you only have two motions, up and down. Maybe all you need to get fast is two fingers and plenty of practice. I'll post my results later on to let everyone know how its going.