Pick vs fingers vs hybrid
One of the many choices a guitarist faces is between pick, fingerstyle and hybrid playing. There are various pros and cons to each approach; pick playing (generally) has greater attack, evenness and fluency (so is common in rock and metal) while fingerstyle allows both a varied nuance of tone and, most crucially, the ability to play multiple voices (and so is favoured among classical, acoustic and many jazz players). Hybrid picking is a useful compromise, allowing an extra voice or two from a picked lower voice (and so is common in country playing). There are many stylistic exceptions from Jeff Beck’s blues-rock fingerstyle playing to Paco de Lucia’s amazingly fast and hard fingerstyle scales. Here I’ve played all fingerstyle for clarity, but these are all playable hybrid style, or (with judicious fretting-hand muting) just pick or thumb. I’d suggest being open to a range of approaches and using what feels best for you technically and musically.