#1
Okay, so I am new to bass. I have been playing guitar for about 3-4 yrs now, and I decided to lend one of my guitars to my gf, while I get to borrow her bass Anyway, is playing with fingers the same as strict alt picking, as in index, middle, index, middle etc. ?

Also, would it mess up my playing if I play bass one day, then guitar, then bass, then guitar etc. or should I just do what I feel like (but bass likely wouldn't be played that much )

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#2
You finger however you want to. I tend to alternate between:

4 finger for presistant chugging
3 finger alternate for gallopping, string skipping and the like
a weird 2/3 finger technique for everything else.

And I play guitar and bass in the same day and it doesn't mess it all up. You'll be fine.
#3
Like Del said, you do it how you like, but most people, me included just do the standard index middle, and yes it is a strict alternate pick. You can implement the drag (a kind of economy pick) but I don't like to because I picked up really bad habits when I dragged, then I had to work them out, it was a whole ordeal. I always recommend strict index middle.
#4
Most bassist do the index-middle. I use 'the drag' however. I'm not sure how it makes my playing better/worse, it's just something I've been doing from the start. I guess I can move down the strings faster, but to be honest it doesn't really matter that much.
#5
I tend to think of the drag as an asset, as it reduces the amount of energy used to play the same number of notes, thereby improving your endurance.
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#6
Drag can seriously get in the way when you start playing superfast stuff. If you use "drags", then you'll have a bit more difficulty co-ordinating your fingers for the faster stuff.
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#7
Can someone explain this "drag" I hear so much about? I've heard people talk about it several times, but I still don't know what it is.
#8
Its real name is rake.

Basically, you use one finger to travel down the strings towards the E string.
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