After 28 years of using a plectrum, I decided to have a stab at the intro to Dire Straits' "Romeo and Juliet". By God I think I know which would be easier to pull off.
Interestingly, I found a video of the man himself whilst searching for a tutorial - almost catatonic in his speech delivery but when he picks up a guitar? Blimey.
And pick up a guitar he did (lovely Martin parlour, pre-CBS Strat, '58 Les Paul Standard, that resonator off the cover of Brothers in Arms).
The most enlightening bit of the interview was him talking about fingerpicking, funnily enough. He said at first it's a bit like waterskiing - "I'm up! I'm up! I'm u... ah. Never mind."
Anyway, persevere I shall - getting there. It's got to be the hardest thing I've learned since I first picked up a guitar in the late '80s, it feels like someone took the fingers off my right hand and replaced them with 14 big toes.
If anyone's got any magic tips, share 'em here. I'm not daft though, I know there's no other way really than repetition - same way I got fluent with the old Dunlop Tortex.