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.