I hope this doesn't get flamed. Anyway... I want to learn some chords, a little guitar fretboard theory, and some common riffs on the guitar. I figure it'll help my bass playing - to have a better understanding of the melody parts of songs and also what the guitarists left hand is doing. The guitars I have liked tended to have a wider string spacing; ie. yamaha and gibson. I will probably get a yamaha aes-something. My question is this, I can't stand picks, is there a style of guitar playing (serious) that I can focus on sans the dreaded pick? I guess to focus my question, is there a guitar playing style (right hand picking/strumming) that I should learn that would be similar to bass. On a side note. When trying guitars I played them all like a bass. To say the least I got some strange looks, but no one asked any questions???