I apologize if this has been brought up before, but I didn't find anything with the search. Anyway, I've been playing bass off and on for about 7 years (I started on guitar and have went back and forth for different bands). I always played mainly with my 1st and 3rd fingers and then using my 2nd and 4th for faster or more complex rhythms where I had to add them. I decided recently that I wanted to start learning a real technique (All of you TBers were the motivation ). So, I bought Hal Leonard's three volume book on learning techniques. I haven't looked really far into, but right now all I see is that he wants me to use my 1st, 2nd, and 4th fingers and NOT my 3rd. Is this the way all instructors teach? Does anyone out there use their 3rd finger? Thanks.