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I met Wayne once, about 15 years ago. Wicked nice guy. He was doing a 3 week long luthier class at Augusta in Elkins WV and I was there for the week long Blue Week classes.
It's fun watching him play, he's tremendous. But I can't imagine many people learning much from him because he plays flat-picked music using is thumb and first finger instead of a flatpick. Same thing Mark Knopfler does, more or less. I guess you don't have to worry about losing your picks all the time, like I do. But it seemed like a harder way to go to me.
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It funny, back when I studied classical guitar (learning flamenco style), I would often run fast lines using a very similar technique. I would alternate between my thumb (p) and middle finger (m) on my right hand rather than my first (i) and second (m) finger on my right hand. I've toyed with the idea of using a thumb pick (a' la Chet Atkins, Wayne Henderson...etc.) but it seemed to be a side step direction in my development as a flatpicker at this point. Still, there is lots to learn from fellows of this caliber, line development, phrasing, joy...