I have just gone thru over 300 posts on the forum and a few select mandolin websites and have come to the conclusion that noone finger picks a mandolin. How 'bout a mandola, octave mandolin or a mandocello (octave mandola) ? Skip the bass mando, I couldn't afford same in an eon.
Viewing many Utube videos I have come to the conclusion (perhaps wrongly) that only tenor guitars, tenor banjos and almost all electrics-any-of-the-above can be finger picked. Is this true or can any lower-pitched accoustic mando+ be finger picked?
Back when I was ten or so, my father tried to teach me the violin. We got as far as the lesson where it offered a 'song on the e-string'. That was the end of the lessons for me since I much prefered playing touch footall with the guys; I would leave the dog whistle calling to someone else. Since the mandolin is essentially a plucked violin, I am looking to 'finger pluck' a deeper sounding instrument.
Aside: I do have a basic mandolin, play it somewhat, with plectrum, but can't appreciate the tonal range. Perhaps being a much older man, my ears can't really hear the overtones to appreciate the sound.
'Asking all of you knowledgeable people, what other alto thru bass plucked instruments can be sucessfully played with finger picking? No plectrum (plectra) of any sort. Any referrals to a Utube example would be appreciated.
If I can't get any impassioned answers or referrals, I'll probably end up with a vintage tenor guitar. I have my eye on several. Also being the typical Geminii duplicious fool, I have my eye on several octave mandos, octave mandolas and a few bowl-backed mandolas. Help me !!!
Thanks in advance for any info or suggestions.