First post here so take it easy on me, alright?
I've got a couple of instructional DVDs on order and will probably order a book or two as well, but I notice you guys talking about Gypsy picking, rest strokes, etc. Having studied classical guitar as a youth I'm familiar with the rest stroke. Also my teacher also played classical mandolin (man was he good!) and I was fortunate enough to take a mandolin lesson or two from him as well. We worked out of the Bickford Mandolin Method (I only bought volume 1, I wish I had bought all 4) and so am familiar with the rest stroke from that as well as the picking motion he and/or Bickford taught, which was a rolling motion from the forearm/elbow for lack of better description.
My question is how close is the Gypsy Jazz picking method to a mandolin picking method? What are the differences in any?
PS - My mandolin picking sucks btw as I never really stopped and relearned, so all my bad old rock and roll habits still exist. I never really pursued the mandolin anyway.
I'm not familiar with mandolin technique, so I couldn't comment on that...
The right hand technique used for this style is described in detail in the "Gypsy picking" book... It's designed to get maximum tone and volume with the least amount of effort on an acoustic guitar. It also gives a certain phrasing that's typical to this style. Most people feel the motion is generated from the wrist which must be kept as relaxed as possible.
I made the switch seven years ago and never looked back!