I was watching the clip for "in the end" by linkin park, and their bass player is playing a beautiful stringray, with a pick. but he is playing near the neck! I tried it, and it gets a horrible sound!! Even a few guys i saw live do it and it makes me cringe! Guitarists do it aswell, and one of my freinsd ends up playing around 12th fret!! Why do they do it? or is it just their personal technique?