Do you know… I think you hit on something @Mike_R.
Long ago, my mom was in the church choir and there was this guy - a very accomplished studio musician - who once told me that he actually taught Ted Nugent as a Youngster (skeptical, I checked into it - and confirmed to be true by Ted himself in a interview)!
Anyway, the important part of the story is that Joe taught his students to play repetitive riffs (or licks, yes?) without an amp and just sitting in front of TV - to make it “second nature”.
I had not thought of that in quite some time… but yes, I can imagine this would be a great compliment for Mandolin!
It is really fun to play… but thanks @Mike_R for finding me 2-response worthy! I really appreciate yours and everyone’s advice as I begin on this road.