How should I play my mandolin?

The mandolin is generally played with a pick (plectrum) rather than with your fingers. Strumming and picking techniques can be applied depending on the style or piece of music you’re performing.

Having mastered basic strumming and picking techniques, it’s worth learning a technique called ‘cross-picking’. Cross-picking is a picking pattern that is performed over your chord changes to articulate individual string nuances of chords and the finer elements of the melody in a song.

This technique isn’t overly difficult to grasp once you’re well on your mandolin playing journey and will really bring your playing to life.