I'm in my first year playing. I have a mex-strat and a Epiphone Les Paul that I installed with all new pots and pickups from WCR (betts set). I've got Size 10 strings on the stat and size 11 on the LP. I love the tone and the 11s work well for slide. My problem is I have a hard time bending and such. I saw a video of Billy Gibbons saying he switched to lite strings after talking to BB King. I believe he said he used a mex coin for a pick to achieve better tone. Anyways I'm throwing this out there. Should I just bite the bullet and learn to play with these strings or lighten up a little? Thanks for any and all advise.