Whether utilizing the one-finger-per-fret technique or the method borrowed from acoustic upright bassists in the lowest register, the fretting hand fingers should always remain parallel to the strings and press them down either over the top or next to the frets.
There are two benefits to pressing the strings down as close as possible to the frets rather than between them. First, since the strings are physically closer to the frets than the fingerboard, it requires less energy to press the strings down to sound a pitch. During a brief practice session, you could press down the strings between all of the frets without the amount of pressure needed ever being a factor. However, over an extended period of time, your fingers will eventually tire. To achieve the best economy of motion with any technique, you want to use as little energy as you need to produce the tone that you want.
In addition to requiring less exertion, pressing down the strings close to the frets will result in the most consistent and even tone because it significantly reduces fret buzz. For example, press down the E-string over the third fret. Slowly release the string, and listen for fret buzz. Then, using the same amount of force, press down the E-string half way between the second and third frets. When you release the string, you should hear considerably more fret buzz. By pressing the strings down as close to the frets as possible, you will always generate the best tone using the least amount of energy.
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