All good ideas. Particularly that "play standing facing a wall", I'll gove it a go.
As to there being too many instruments, point taken. There always seem to be a lot of guitarists around. That's one of the reasons I'm trying to learn this beast.
I will have a go at finding heavier guaged strings, that, perhaps, will offset the problems I encounter with a heavier pick (I'm guessing here, can ya' tell).
All good advice. Perhaps I should just ask some one who's listening.
Thanks people, any more helpful comments most welcome.