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I teach finger-style, but do make a point of passing out a pick at the beginning of the year and showing students how to hold it properly, so they may use it if they choose when playing melodies or strumming chords. I explain that I was taught finger-style so that’s how I play most of the time, and you probably won’t see me using a pick in class, but that doesn’t mean it’s wrong, it’s mostly personal preference and depends on the styles of music you like to play and the teacher you work with. I leave the decision up to them, as long as they are doing one or the other correctly!