Discuss the Mandolin lesson: Old Joe Clark- Advanced



My Ol’ Uncle Joe has gotten off his meds again, but that’s a GOOD thing! Let me teach you how to use multiple octaves in one solo, and let the open strings work to our advantage. And watch out for that Rattlesnake!


Ben on the shuffle on the opening of A and B parts, I know you are using your ring finger from the G# to the A (6-7) but when looking at the video it looks like your ring and middle finger are sitting on strings, are they? Also, you mentioned using the thumb to mute the G string. Why not just use the middle finger to mute since it seems to be there anyway? Am I missing something here?


That sounds like pretty good strategy to me :slight_smile: I have a tendency to mash down with my middle rather than just mute, so that’s why I use my thumb. What you’ve described sounds great, though.