Still wondering where some other folks are. I think I should have titled this "Help for PLAYERS". I suspect the term "pickers" has scared off 90% of 'em. As you're aware I used some fraudulent headers to get folks into threads for chord construction a few months back. Sneaky, but it worked.
Picks: If you're going to use picks, try the Golden Gate thumb pick, it's far superior to anything out there. The company may have been taken over by Dunlop, but they're sort of textured...like bone.