I was doing an Althea lesson (the one from Seth at GGL) about 18 months ago and realized that I didn't know nearly enough about fingerpicking to be able to do it justice. That started me on a fingerpicking/acoustic/banjo diversion that has gone on ever since. Just starting to get back into playing Dead recently.
Agree with OP- hard to do Jerry well without being able to fingerpick. And he did it with one missing finger.
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