I recently started with finger picking, from not have dealt with it all actually. I always thought it was so hard and I said to myself I didnt "need" it that much. Then I heard Ben Monder, and recently Mike Moreno and Brent Mason, using finger picking in different ways that was amazing. I cant believe I ignored this aspect of guitar this long. It struck me when I heard those guys (there are plenty more of course) that the possibilities are endless. I dont wanna change between pick and finger picking, so Im practicing hybrid. I basically play chords over different strings sets only playing P,2,3,4 (P = pick) and vice versa (4,3,2,P), through keys or comping tunes very slow. I imagine being able to execute this kinda stuff fast and with flow, you can paint with really unusual textures and timbres. Next step will be to create different pairs like:
P,2 - 3,4 and P,3 - 2,4 etc, through all combinations. Being able to play this kind of stuff might boost your ballad playing, comping singers (alone in a duo), or just solo guitar. I might sound rediculous, but this really opened up a new world for me. Anyone here thats really into this or similar? Im not trying to be to obsessed with strucutres (I often find myself being to systematic at times), only just working with it.