They have a cool sound and are a must learn for banjo but boy are they a different bird! I started the melodics series last night and had to stop the 2nd video halfway through, then just spent 30 mins or so practicing the first 7 measures of the intro tabs.
I’ve gotten used to straight up 3 finger rolls and melodic playing is almost like starting over, using mostly the thumb and index finger. And, as Ben says in the vids, it really goes against your instincts having to hit a lower string to get the next higher note in the scale.
I can see this is going to take some time but I’m determined to master it. I’m sure the payoff of being able to hit a slick melodic run is well worth the time and effort put into learning it. So gimme some encouragement boys!