When I was taking electric guitar lessons for a year I was told, by my former teacher, that the pick should be parallel to strings at all times and so he insisted on it.
The other thing he was very strict about was the "amount" of the pick crossing the strings. Only the very tip of the pick should be hitting the strings (only one point ideally). I am finding this task very hard if not impossible.
After a year of doing nothing but practicing right hand (without significant progress) I felt so discouraged that I stopped attending the lessons. Here I would like to turn to you, experienced guitarists, how much of a emphasis should be put on the subjects above. Are these requirements even right?
Thank you very much for your input. I am loving playing guitar, but I would rather spend my time practicing songs, scales, etc. than this.