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Discuss the Mandolin lesson: Open Chords: G, C, & D

https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/open-chords-g-c-d-mandolin-beginner

Let’s learn 3 of the basic “open” chords every picker needs to know: G, C & D! I also give you 4 different strumming patterns so you can learn how to begin playing mandolin rhythm!

BanjoBen and Team, thank you for this lesson. Is there a way we could get an MP3 of the strum patterns. Maybe 10 seconds per pattern in one chord to utilize as guide rail as I practice these patterns daily? Thanks in advance. Johnboy

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Hello, I was wondering on the upstroke, it is hard to get all the notes to sound out. Is that okay? I feel like my right hand is relaxed but it is hard to consistently play the chord on the upstroke. Thank you!

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The exercises in this lesson have helped me greatly. Concentrate on even attack with down and upstrokes. It also helps to think about a light attack. In other words, strike the strings with just enough pick to get through both clearly.

https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/pick-exercises-mandolin-beginner

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Hi Linda! Welcome to the forum!

My first guess would be that there’s something not quite right with your pick grip. Your index finger should curl around and face the opposite direction of your thumb. Could you take a picture of your pic grip and upload it here?

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As @Mark_Rocka said, look at your pick grip. At the camp, Penny pointed out that mine was wrong and it helped a lot when I got it right. One of the beginning mandolin lessons covers that as well.

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Thank you @Mark_Rocka and @HeloSteve for the suggestions. I did rewatch the Holding the Pick videos and also kept @Mark_Rocka’s suggestion about the index finger facing the other way from the thumb.

I think I need to probably slow things down a bit while I’m learning this stuff. It seems better already. Thanks!

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