View Full Version : My First Mando

Jan-06-2006, 10:13pm
Here is a pic of my first Mando. So far I really like it a lot. I love the Italian Mando sound as well as some jazz. I am very new to this style and this instrument but I am learning something new every day. I'm not sure what style I will be playing yet but I am open. I currently play piano so we shall see how i fit this in.


Richard Russell
Jan-06-2006, 10:28pm
Looks good! I'm a fan of the black faced mandolin look. My Flatiron happens to have that look! Italian style mandolin music is wonderful. Once you get a nice, smooth tremolo down, you can really make a mandolin sound great in this style! Best of luck in your mandolin journey and keep us posted on your progress!

Jan-06-2006, 11:28pm
Hey thanks. I am having a hard time getting a clean tremolo. Its not as easy to do as it looks. I was looking for some thinner picks at Guitar Center but they told me I should only use the Mando pics. Is that true?

Jan-07-2006, 12:07am
I don't think they are picks out there that are only suppose to used for mandolin. Try all sorts of picks...brand name, thickness, shape, size...and figure out what works best for you.

Jim Broyles
Jan-07-2006, 1:03pm
It may seem counterintuitive, but a heavier pick works MUCH better for tremolo. As a thin pick strikes the string, it deflects somewhat while your hand is still going down, thus creating a micro-delay in the note, and the time it takes to get back to shape will slow down your tremoloing. A heavy pick will pick the note and stay straight thus being ready to pick the note again on the upstroke. I would slightly disagree with Dfyngravity, in that I believe that there are mandolin-specific picks on the market, but I would concede that they do not have to be used on a mandolin only, and furthermore, picks which are sold as guitar picks may also work fine on a mando. Mess around with picks until you get one which sounds good to you, then tweak it if necessary to customize it to your preference in playing style.

Mar-08-2006, 12:45am
IMHO the Dawg pick is perfect for tremolo . . . at 2mm with very round edges and round polished edge, I find the pick "glides" over the strings easier.

Mar-08-2006, 2:02am

I've got the same mando, best 30 bucks I've EVER spent.

Mar-08-2006, 8:49am
I find tremolo easiest with a Wegan Twin pick that is VERY thick (2.5mm). Signifigantly easier than with any other pick.

Mar-08-2006, 9:10am
Golden Gate picks are great for tremelos. You don't get a lot of volume, but they are a pretty good pick.

Mar-08-2006, 4:49pm
When you guys say tremelo, are ou speaking of fastpicking?
Just trying to get my lingo up to snuff!

Mar-08-2006, 5:32pm

When folks refer to tremolo, it means very fast picking back and forth across a string or strings to the point where the single note becomes blurred and you hear a continuous sound.
???Make sense.??


Better correct that. There is also "slow" tremolo, like, tremolo, but not as fast; lots of this in blues. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif

Mar-08-2006, 7:45pm
Alright, tremelo, got it.
I use it a lot in surf music, but always just called it fastpicking!

Mar-09-2006, 8:43am
Also give the Jazzmando picks a try. They work pretty good for me.

Mar-09-2006, 5:39pm
I'm going to have to get a real 'mando' pick here pretty soon.
I've been using Fender gel mediums, but I want to try something different!