Ok guys, I am in some serious need of help here, any ideas or recommendations, training plans, etc would be huge!
Let me set the story. A number of years ago my Father in Law, Ed was really enjoying playing guitar with my brother in law Tom. All was well, I never got in on the action, but I wasn't playing anything at the time. Well Tom died a couple of years ago and Ed decided he didn't want to play Guitar anymore.
Well, this Thanksgiving I brought my mandolin when we visited, and I could tell he was intrigued. Finally after listening to me work on Shady Grove, Down in the Valley, etc (Melody only, my Chords just aren't there yet) he said "Bring your mandolin at Christmas and we'll play. My wife was very excited seeing as she felt like her Dad was finally coming around after Tom's sudden death. However, well my Father in Law is VERY good. He's been playing Chet Atkins style guitar for 30+ years. Me.. well in February I'll have my 1 year Mando-versary.
Ed was cool about it though, and very excited to play with me, but the results this Christmas were far less than what I hoped for. His hands weren't what they used to be, causing him to wear out far faster than he wanted, and as he put it "I love you Matt, but your Rhythm is all over the map." I smiled and told him he was the first person I'd ever played with in my life.
So, here I am, Christmas is over and the misses and I are back on the road and all I could think about was trying to improve my rhythm and finally master chop chords before I see him again later in 2014.
I have watched the basic mandolin rhythm series here, and they are great. I've lowered my action and can stand much more chop chording than before. Still really struggling with how to make use of this metronome, how to change chop chords without a small act of congress, and really how best to maximize the practice time I put in to maximize my goals.
The main goal is simple, take 3 simple bluegrass songs, Shady Grove, Cindy, Down in the Valley, learn their chords and their melody/solo, and figure out how to do them in time.
Now that I have a goal anyone have a recommendation on the best plan of action to get there?
Thank you so much!