#1
So, I've had my interest piqued by bass and feel it's more natural, especially without a pick. Two fingers seems more natural, but given my preference of metal, I find many bassists use a pick. Notable exceptions are the bassist in Necrophagiast and John Myung. I've also learned they use at least 3 fingers, and I can see where that would be useful...if I can get my hand to cooperate. I want my right hand to feel natural using the whole hand, basically. Practice, sure, but where to aim is what I'm after.
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#2
I personally play finger style (pizzicato), with two fingers. The only time I use a pick is if I am covering a song and:  the original artist used one, and I cannot mimic the tone with my fingers (which I normally can by soloing the bridge pickup on a two pickup bass, and using a slightly sharper finger attack). Do what feels natural and comfortable for you.

If you are interested in learning/developing three finger technique, Billy Sheehan created a YouTube video explaining how he developed his:
#3
Steve Harris only uses two fingers. once I realized that, i gave up trying to learn three fingers.
#4
I decided to learn with three fingers because....uh...it was one more than two.
#5
I think its fair to say that two or three fingers is a matter of preference, much like playing with a pick.
#6
And of course you can go down the route of James Jamerson and go one finger.

I tend to use one finger, if I can get away with it. If I'm playing DT or Lamb of God stuff, I'll switch up to two.
Last edited by Deliriumbassist at Jun 29, 2017,
#7
Much depends on the genre of music. Watch John Entwistle (Who) on my generation, multiple fingers, whereas some genres rely mainly on root not bashing.
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#8
smtp4me 
Regardless of how many fingers I use, I did get some insight on the method to the madness with that video. Thanks!
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#9
A lot of death metal guys use their fingers, personally I switch between 2 and 3 depending on the part I'm playing.
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#10
I use 3 1/2 fingers
3, but my index does both up and down strokes.
I'd use 4, but my little finger isn't quite long enough.
I sometimes bunch all fingers together and use them up/down.
I sometimes stroke upward, flamenco style.
I also use a plec if I feel like it; I found that some lines simply flow better with a plec.
#11
Well I guess you could learn the lines of players that use 3 fingers and see how that tech' fits into the scope of the lines being played.
#12
To me it just feels natural to play with three.
I didn't train myself to play with three my fingers just started doing it naturally I guess
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#13
Fingers vs. pick? - depends on music style and on the sound you want to create
2 fingers vs. 3 fingers - playing with 3 fingers is a third faster and your fingers are a third less tired; I strongly recommend playing with 3 fingers, it´s hard to learn, but if you just got it, it´s much more comfortable.