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    Default Mandolin right hand technique

    Guys can you please tell me proper placement of the right hand.
    Firstly, which is better ?
    1. partially moving the wrist while picking.
    2. Moving the entire wrist while picking.
    3. Moving the arm.

    And secondly
    Where to place the right hand ?
    because I only place it on the bridge and I am finding it very difficult to improve my speed.

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    The Amateur Mandolinist Mark Gunter's Avatar
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    Default Re: Mandolin right hand technique

    Brushing the bridge with it is okay, but firmly planting in one place on the bridge would be a good way to restrict yourself and stunt your playing, I think. Be loose and give yourself some freedom to float a bit and move things around.

    Try to relax your arm and wrist. You should use natural motion and avoid tensing up in order to play fluidly and prevent future injury.
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    Default Re: Mandolin right hand technique

    Someone posted this Mike Marshall video the other day. I had seen it years ago, but forgotten how helpful it is. The relevant right hand stuff starts about 45 sec. in.
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    Default Re: Mandolin right hand technique

    Wrist playing notes (melody).
    Combination of wrist and arm playing tremelo.
    Arm strumming chords.
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