After years and years of playing bass like every other guitarist (i.e. with a pick and with no groove) I've decided to actually learn to play with my fingers.
I attempted this a few months back and it failed miserably. Mainly because I was learning for the purposes of facilitating some recording. That was a bad idea. It was all too easy to revert back to the pick just to 'get the job done'.
This time, no recording involved, I'm just learning because I hate being a boring/typical guitarist-come-bass player. I've always been able to play with fingers of course, initially it's not that hard, but keeping it up and getting that right hand to be more dexterous and faster is something that I've struggled to push through.
It's only been a couple of weeks but I'm already building some nice calluses on my right fingers, and preferring the feel of fingers in general over a pick.
I've also learned some hilariously groovy pop & slap licks today; something I've always really loved the sound of even if it has no place in my preferred style of music
I'm also getting way more into bass as an instrument for my own interests. Not just to facilitate recording needs within my music, but just as a hobby unto itself besides guitar. As a guitarist, it was always just a means to an end, to add low end to riffs and be as uninteresting as possible but now I'd consider dropping quite a bit of coin onto a really nice bass, and play it in my spare time, not just in studio time.
funnily enough I have been really enjoying playing bass since buying that jazz bass off of you!
Doubt id put a lot of money into a really expensive one but i'll deffinetly buy something similar in 5 string to facilitate br00tz