Learning the DUD DUD picking pattern on Mandolin
So, I’m learning to play Mandolin and had about 15 tunes learned in my first year when I met up with a seasoned session musician a few months ago. He advised me that I had learned the Jigs I knew wrong because I was picking them in the DUD UDU pattern and not emphasizing the appropriate notes. Unfortunately, I learned by ear or by slowing down youtube videos, so I was just focused on learning the notes of the tune, not the picking pattern.
Obviously playing Trad music for just over a year I’m hungry to learn enough tunes to start attending a session, but I keep passing over Jigs because I haven’t yet mastered the picking pattern. I also stopped playing the ones I knew because I feel like its probably not worth practicing them wrong and maybe making it harder to learn the picking pattern.
There has to be a way I can get my right hand and my head synced up, and most importantly up to speed because that’s the most frustrating part, feeling so good playing certain tunes and having them sound like they should. To playing a jig and sounding like I’m in my first month again because I’m so focused on the picking. I’m just wondering has anyone got any exercises, videos or tips to help me master the DUD DUD picking pattern.
Go raibh mile maith agat,