Ok, I prefer to use a pick when I play, both because I am used to it from playing guitar and because I like the brighter sound better than using the fingers. I just feel like a weinie because it seems that all the good players use their fingers. I can play just fine with my fingers, and when I practice I usually do. So what's the best way to practice, advantages/disadvantages? Stick with the fingers or concentrate on the preferred pick? BTW, hope y'all aren't getting sick of my dumb questions, as there will be many more to come. Everyone has been very helpful so far. You've even convinced me to learn to read music, which in 17 years as a guitar player I never cared about.