Ok, the last couple days I've been 1.) playing a ton of Diablo II in preparation for the eventual release of Diablo III, and feeling bad about being such a bum, and 2.) simultaneously feeling bad that I've got this gorgeous Sherman 5-string on my wall that I can't do justice to because I'm kind of a shitty bassist. A natural solution presented itself, so I've been practicing bass maybe 1/2-1 hours a night the last couple days.
Thing is, I want to learn how to play without a pick, but I have almost no idea what appropriate right hand technique is for a bassist. Are there any good informational videos out there where I could really watch what a bassist's hand is doing while playing scale runs without a pick?
Also, what's the norm for # of fingers? I've tried everything from 4 to 2 - my pinkie just is too weak for 4-finger picking for fast single string stuff, and playing three fingers for 4-note-per-string chromatics (either 1-2-3-1 and just offsetting a finger each repeat, or 1-2-3-2 and looping) totally fucks with my head when I need to go from my 3rd fretting finger to my 4th, and my 3rd picking finger to either my 1st or 2nd, so I've mostly focused on two fingers - is this OK? Finally, what about proper technique for slapping and popping?
Finally, what about anchoring your hand? Should I try to learn to play without, say, anchoring my thumb on the neck pickup, or my pinkie on the face of the guitar below the strings? Right now neither feels much more natural to me...
I've got a couple guitar bad habits I'm sure, so since I'm really starting from square 1 for bass I'd rather just get it right from the beginning and have cleaner technique for it.
I use all four for tremolo ...picking?... , and use 2 or 3 to walk. i use my middle and ring (and thumb clearly) for slappy poppy stuff. i almost never anchor my hand