I have to play with a pick now. It feels really weird. I prefer to pick notes. The tones are warmer. But I do not like to strum chords with the back of my fingernails. That is why my teacher introduces the pick to me at this time. I like an intimate relationship with my strings. I do not like to have anything hard between my fingers and the strings. Not even the back of my nails. I cringe.
But I will get used to the pick. For chord strumming. It does offer a brighter and louder sound, though not so personal.
The pick it is.