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    Default COVID-19; great time to work on my right hand technique

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    I'm a professional player, and would love to take this down time to work on my right hand technique. I tend to anchor it with my 4th and 5th fingers, and get a great tone (if I may be so bold), but think I could do better with speed if I didn't. I play classical violin, where any bad habits show up quickly when you play the repertoire. I'm also working on improving my right hand on pedal steel guitar, another instrument I taught myself. In that case there is a video by the great, late teacher Jeff Newman that is immensely helpful, even to pros (maybe especially). Are there are resources like that for right hand mandolin technique? I'm not interested in becoming Chris Thiele, but I would like to be able to throw down some 16th note triplets occasionally in a brisk tempo. I have the time to correct bad habits now. I doubt a book would be any help, but a video or online lesson would. Any ideas?

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    Default Re: COVID-19; great time to work on my right hand technique

    My suggestion would be to reach out to Jake Howard, Ethan Setiawan, or Bryce Milano. All of them have put a tremendous amount of thought into their right hands, and also a large amount of thought into how to communicate on the subject. Also they are probably dealing with the same free time you are right now, so it would be an easier than usual time to try and connect.
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    Default Re: COVID-19; great time to work on my right hand technique

    Listen to Joe. Hed know...

    I should be pickin' rather than postin'

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    I notice you teach at Berklee. Of the three of them, which is the most gifted teacher? Correcting bad habits with old coot who has been playing for 48 years is no easy thing

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    Default Re: COVID-19; great time to work on my right hand technique

    Honestly it's hard to pick (ha! isn't that the root of this thread?): I have total faith in each of them. One thing comes to mind, though: Jake is in the midst of writing a very comprehensive book on right hand technique, based on interviews with many of the most prominent mandolin players. So it's a subject that is near and dear for him these days.
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    Thanks, Joe, I'll reach out. Do you have a contact email, I'm not finding a website? If so, please PM me.

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    Hi-

    I tend to anchor it with my 4th and 5th fingers,
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