Ok, picture first: It's a black Fender DG-16e12, seen here next to my little $13 yard sale Telleno. Picked it up for $100 or so with a flimsy acoustic case at GC a while back. Seems solid as a rock, doesn't seem to have any of the typical 12 string problems with structural integrity. I know it's not a high end 12 string, but I like it anyway. This is the first 12 string I've ever had, so bear with me please. I like the way it sounds when I play chords, I like the thick neck on it, I like the ease with which I can play chords on it...it sounds, for lack of a better word, "pretty" in a way the majority of 6 string guitars just don't. I've got the chord playing down nicely. But, when I try to play anything BUT chords, well...it's bad. Real bad. I'm talking trainwreck. I'm also 100% sure that this comes down entirely to my technique, or lack thereof. Pick or fingers, it's completely a mess, hitting the wrong string of the pair or inconsistent volume, it's clear I'm doing it wrong. I've been trying to figure it out for a while now, but whatever I'm doing isn't working. I've only ever played 6 strings up to this point, and I need some direction. How?! How do I play this thing so I don't sound like a six year old who just received his first guitar?! I would love to be able to play more than just chords. Also, anything you can tell me about these will help. I've read that some people tune them down and use a capo, for instance.