From blues/rock guitar to trad mandolin…
I have played mainly blues rock guitar for many years and just bought a cheap mandolin as I would like to get in to ITM. I was wondering if anybody made the switch and had any advice as I have a few habits (not necessarily bad) that I learned from playing guitar and wondered if the techniques differed slightly as I think it’s a good to get at least some technique right at the start.
Firstly the plectrum: every banjo, guitar, mandolin etc. players I have ever met all use really thin picks. My guitar teacher (who was exceptional) threw mine away and replaced it with a good solid 1.5mm one! Since then I’ve never looked back as I feel I have better control over the emphasis of particular notes and I don’t feel like I have a floppy stick in my hand! Is this ok or will I be in trouble dealing with triplets and the like.
Secondly and related to above I tend to alternative pick (down-up-down-up) except when I change string. Then if I go down a string say from D to A I down pick and coming back up I up pick. Again would this be ok to proceed with? I have read that you should down stroke on notes that should be emphasised but I feel that when using the thicker pick as mentioned above I can achieve this. At least I feel I can on what I have learned so far.
Thirdly: Finger positioning. My question here is about the use of the pinky!! I tend to use the index finger to the pinky between the 2nd to 5th frets. i.e if I play a d on the g string I will use my baby finger. I have been told that you should use you’re third finger for the 4rd and 5th frets. Again it’s a habit from pentatonic scales in blues guitar that that’s what I do!!
Any advice on the above would be a great help and anything else also. I have read a few similar threads that I don’t think touched on this. If somebody has I apologise.
I am using the mandolin to learn some tunes and have tuned the Guitar to DADGAD and will hopefully work out some accompaniment for them on Guitar as I just picked up a copy of Sarah McQuaid’s book!
P.S. My first post so I hope I did ok!