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  • Mandolin Picking Advice

    I've been a casual mandolin player almost as long as I've been playing guitar. However, I have always had this problem, and never noticed it until now. When I pick, I rest my hand near the bridge, which obviously leaves little room, and I end up hitting the fretboard on the E and A strings. I tried correcting this by playing with my hand behind the bridge, but I can't palm mute that way, and the open strings end up ringing a little.

    I realize that I'm probably not the first player to ever have this problem, and decided to come to some real players for advice.

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    ??? I don't get it. Are your hands that big? Maybe you can make a video so we can see what your talking about? Mandolin is not really flatpicked in the same way as a guitar. And palm muting seems to be a weird thing to be doing as well to me. Mandolin notes generally ring out. If you want stattaco rhythms you mute with the fretting hand. Watch this vidoe of David Grisman. I don't think hes anchoring his hand at all. Looks more like his forearm is kinda anchored but the wrist and hand stays free to move. It kinda floats, with maybe the pinky draggin on the top for posistion at times. 

    Heres Chris Thile, his grip appears similar, but more of a closed fist with no pinky to feel the top.

    And the master's hand looks similar as well.






    • Pine Apple Slim
      Pine Apple Slim commented
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      Not all but most. A pointy tip and flexibility arn't the best when it comes to good tone. Sounds plinky and you get too much pick noise.

      I use a green tortex, my preferred acoustic guitar pick, and play with the rounded corner


    • fatback
      fatback commented
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      You could get someone with the expertise to cut away florida


    • Neal
      Neal commented
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      What Phil said.  Lots of players scoop the end of the fretboard.  It helps with pick click.  And as PAS said above, try a Wegen 1 or 1.5mm mandolin pick. I'm just copycatting their advice I suppose..


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