Mandolins and picks
I was reading another thread recently where advice was offered about the best pick type to use playing mandolin in ITM. I notice that a lot of people ( well two actually! ) were recomending very heavy picks. I know that in bluegrass music, mandolin pickers use really heavy (2mm) picks, but I’ve allways found it almost impossible to do any ornamentation while using such a pick. I use a jim Dunlop .73mm and find it very nifty in the triplet department. I think that American mandolins are generally quiter than European ones, and that part of the issue here is to find a balance between volume in a session and being able to do ornamentation without too much discomfort. I played a gibson A1 for some time and for quality of tone it probably could’nt be surpassed, but it was a constant battle to hear myself in a session. Using a harder pick makes it marginally louder but there is a price to pay in terms of dexterity. Any Thoughts?