I seem to be progressing pretty well, but for some reason the tone that I get on my e string is just plain weak compared to the other three. Any ideas what is causing this? Should I try picking the E string harder? I'm not sure what is going on, and wondered if anyone else had this problem.
Since the E string is closest to your palm, the angle of your fingers is different than when you stretch them out to reach the G string. As a result it is harder to create the necessary pressure to fret a clean note. I found the further up the E string the weaker my notes got, to the point that I could bareley make a note on the 7th fret. It still is my weakest note. The only cure for this I've found is practice your left hand on the E. Do runs. Try adjusting your hand position and how you hold the mandolin. I found I was supporting the weight of the mandolin with my left hand, which made it hard to move up the neck. The strap and the right forearm should hold the mandolin in place so your left hand is free to move around quickly.
Could also be a set up issue? How old are your strings? What kind and what gauge are using? Bridge placement and fit could also be a problem? Have you had someone set the mando up for you, or have you tried some adjusting yourself?
It might be a setup issue as it happens when I play the string open or fretted. Thanks for the ideas and advice, y'all.
I think I've determined that it is a pick hand technique problem. It seems like my wrist/forearm/hand was turning more when playing that string instead of going straight up and down.