To start, a few years ago I had a condition that made me lose about 60% of the feeling in my right arm and leg. I have since been getting it mostly back due to nerves reconnecting. The point is, I've spent 4 years playing bass with a pick instead of with my fingers. Now, I'm back to using my fingers and am already better than I was with the pick mostly.
Here are the questions:
With fingers, how do I get those notes that cut out quickly instead of resonate? I could do it with a pick, but for some reason I just can figure it out well. Should I just try to mute it with my left hand?
Secondly, does anybody have any tips on how to play faster? I can play Muse - Hysteria and that's pretty fast, but as far as speed on a single string like in metalcore I just can't get it down.
As for speed, go watch some Billy Sheehan videos.