I'm learning to play the bass guitar and I've come across a lot of phrases that span 4 frets (call them 1,2,3,4) where notes on 2 and 4 are emphasized. I've played these using two methods and have mixed feelings about each. I'm wondering if either of these methods is preferable and should be my first choice.
The first method is to use the four corresponding fingers. Here, the middle finger and pinky get a real work out. This usually sounds okay, but my speed and stamina are fairly limited.
The second method is to use my index finger on fret 2 and ring finger on 4 and shift my index finger to 1 when necessary. This is a lot more comfortable for me and my playing seems better at higher speeds, but quick shifting between 1 and 2 seems a bit sloppy.