I seem to be at a crossroads. The fingers almost cut it and sound better and smoother, but the pick increases my speed and note count. As a result, there are some songs that I cannot play with my fingers, but I can play with the pick. I can switch off, but using both methods requires continual minor EQ adjustments to take out the midrange and some highs (pick) or to increase the midrange boost (fingers). I've focused almost exclusively on developing a fingerstyle over the past years, but the progress is slow and I may have reached my capacity to improve. I get the feeling that outside of heavy metal, pick use is widely scorned. Am I right? Or should I care which method I use as long as the job gets done. Is there a good amp setting to smooth out the sound of a string plucked with a pick? Incidentally, I don't seem to possess the hand rhythm required to slap.