After 15 years of symphonic percussion, I bought my first fretted instrument last week in an attempt to expand my horizons and love of celtic music. #I picked up a Trinity College Octave Mandolin which I lvoe dearly, but I seem to be having a small issue and I'm not sure why, due largely to my inexperience with the instrument...
Playing chords with my G string (D chord for instances), if I press too hard on the string, it pitches audibly sharp... enough to push the chord out of tune. #In testing, I held down the G string at the second fret and plucked the string and pulsed the string into the fret -- with that I was able to bend the note to some extend with each pulse.
Using my limited reasoning ability, I've come up with two theories:
1) Low quality strings or they just haven't been fully 'broken in' yet. #Or, more likely:
2) The bridge is a bit high for that string and the notch seat for that string may need to be shaved down.
Hopefully I'm wrong on the second account and it's something a bit more simple to solve... #Any suggestions?