Is it out of the ordinary, and possibly bad habit forming, if I curl my fingers when picking individual notes, but extend my fingers when strumming or chopping?
The reason I extend my fingers when chopping is that I like to "slap" my palm down on the upbeat when I chop, to add to the percussive feel; and when I curl my fingers while doing that, they get in the way.
... Which leads me to my next question!
Is it bad to palm mute as I've described when I chop? To clarify I don't use my palm alone to mute/muffle the cord but I think adding it gives a nice thunk.