I've been listening to a lot of swing lately and have studied some django-style picking from djangobooks.com This style is using a lot of downwards rest-strokes with a free floating hand which make very rapid and loud picking possible. This is an old picking style, similar, I think, to what Bob B calls the compression stroke. Players like Eddie Lang and Lonnie Johnson used it. I'm trying to adapt this technique to fingerstyle with picks. I've wondered how Aleman, using a thumbpick, is almost as fast as a gypsy guitarist. Does anyone know anything about his picking technique. I he using the thumb alone or is he combining with fingers like Jazz bass player Dominique dePiazza who uses thumb-pick and one finger?