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Trying to Learn Mandolin

Posted by Texasbanjo on Friday, March 25, 2011

I've  found it very difficult to learn to properly hold my right hand -- no fingers on the mandolin, hand made into sort of a fist, holding the pick.  This position is very uncomfortable to me. Anyone else have problems with it?



4 comments on “Trying to Learn Mandolin”

Texasbanjo Says:
Friday, March 25, 2011 @11:28:32 AM

Just checking to see if I can add to my blog.

MandoLiz Says:
Sunday, March 27, 2011 @8:30:18 PM

throw the "rules" out the window and play how you feel comfortable! just try not to rest you hand on the strings, it messes up the sound. it's ok to rest your pinky on the pick guard, or the bridge, or your thumb above the strings. also, it helps to use the more rounded side of your pick because the pointy side can get caught up between the strings. these are tips from my own personal (short) expierence. if someone else has some advice, listen to that and make up something that works best for you.
Peaceful pickin to ya!

MandoLiz Says:
Sunday, March 27, 2011 @8:30:54 PM

throw the "rules" out the window and play how you feel comfortable! just try not to rest you hand on the strings, it messes up the sound. it's ok to rest your pinky on the pick guard, or the bridge, or your thumb above the strings. also, it helps to use the more rounded side of your pick because the pointy side can get caught up between the strings. these are tips from my own personal (short) expierence. if someone else has some advice, listen to that and make up something that works best for you.
Peaceful pickin to ya!

MandoLiz Says:
Sunday, March 27, 2011 @8:31:07 PM

sorry, im new at this

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