I recently started the pop section of the Beginner to Badass course and oof, that index finger pain. Slapping is a big reason I wanted to get into bass so I didn’t want to let the finger pain stop me from practicing.
I remember learning that Flea pops with his middle finger so I started experimenting with that and it feels pretty good! But exclusively popping with that finger would quickly lead to the same pain as with the index. I started to play around with spreading the hurt around by popping the D with my index and the G with my middle and it feels pretty good! Slapping thumb up seems to naturally have those fingers hovering over those strings and using two different fingers also seems to help my pop accuracy.
Wanted to get more experienced folks’ thoughts on this technique. Am I developing a bad habit due to impatience or do you think this is a viable approach to popping?