I've been playing for about 16 years, and while I've finger picked semi-frequently, I've been primarily a pick player since most of what I was playing felt and sounded better picked. I'm starting to change my focus in playing to lean more towards finger picking. I'm wondering if the gauges I've always used are starting to work against me in this realm. I've been using fairly heavy strings in the past 8 years. I use a D'Addario XL 35-45-65-85-105-145 set on my 6 strings and D'Addario XL 45-65-85-105-135 on my 5 strings. I got a Carvin 6 string fretless last year that came stock with some fairly light strings-something like 28-40-60-80-100-128. Seemed like it was a lot easier to finger pick these. I replaced them pretty quickly with D'addario's Half Round six-string set. That set feels pretty good too-I believe it's 30-45-65-80-100-130. Also, my other Carvin 6 string's truss rod seemes to get tighter every time I need to have the neck adjusted, and the tech I've gone to for years suggested lighter strings. I've mostly stuck with the heavier sets out of habit and the fact that I sort of felt like I got a bigger sound out of the heavier sets while using a pick. I'd love to hear any advice or comments on this-essentially my main question being, "Do lighter strings make it easier to finger pick?".