different picks for mandolin and octave mandolin
hope it is okay to start a new topic on this. I’ve browsed through mandolin pick topics but haven’t really found a solution to my problems or questions.
And I know, the pick - question is a complex and emotional one, so I hope I can keep it concise ;)
I’ve been playing the Mandolin for about a year now, and my teacher suggested to use the Dunlop Jazztone 207 roundtip pick. We are working a lot on tone these days, and while it was tough for a while, I really feel I am progressing now and like the pick.
But! Here’s question #1: I was recently told by two people at a session, that I really shouldn’t be using the Jazztone for Irish music. They suggested a much lighter pick. I tried it, and find that with the light picks it’s really hard to get the attack right. At the start I often only played one string instead of both, and that happens with the light picks again I think. What I should make of this advice - are thick picks really a no-go? They both seemed to be good players, and I don’t want to be disrespectful by just ignoring what they said. But they also didn’t really help finding an alternative pick.
And question #2: I can’t seem to find a pick that I like for my octave mando. It’s an APC made from Cedar Wood, so has a nice warm tone. The strings on it are D’addario J80. I don’t like the Jazztone pick on it at all. I’ve tried some of my old, fairly light (0.60 - 0.80 mm) guitar picks, but don’t like that sound either. I’ve played my teacher’s Bluechip CT55 and really liked that, but for the octave again wasn’t sure ( and probably didn’t get to try it long enough). And that one is mad expensive, too…
Then I tried the "Hense - Triangle HSK Happy Turtle Pick" Heavy (ca. 1,4mm ) - this is the one I am using right now, I like the big picks and it feels comfy to play and the sound is okay, but I am still not 100% happy with it.
So: any suggestions what to try? What picks do people here use and recommend for Octave Mandolins?
Thanks in advance for your help!