You know what they say about great minds, right Jack?
I am also pleased that @BanjoBen is taking our suggestion under advisement too. Silent Night is just a classic.
Ok @BanjoBen, I have a brief story for ya since I know just how much you treasure music and family.
Just after I got my Mandolin and was leading into my 1st Christmas with her, I had practiced YOUR version of Silent Night for the prayer meeting I mentioned above.
Well, we were unable to go visit my mom in West Illinois (8 hours drive one-way) for the holiday as I was unemployed (as I am again now and request urgent prayers please).
A call to Ma revealed that she was struggling in being at the elderly care place with infrequent visits from my very busy brother who lives close by (Jazz Professor at WIU and Christmas time is hectic with Finals and many performances for he and his wife who plays Organ at Church) and so Ma seemed restless and on-edge.
Then, the thought suddenly occurred to me without any prior thought. Knowing that Silent Night was her personal fav Christmas carol, I reached for the Mandolin and played it for her on the phone.
This was not pre-planned because I didn’t know if I was “ready” to play it for anyone (I am shy about my playing) but I wanted to do something for her.
The rest of the conversion was so much smoother and calm.
That is part of the magic your teaching has on us - so THANK YOU!
Finally, at the unrehearsed prayer meeting, I think it played well - the @BanjoBen’s Mandolin solo over strumming arpeggiated chords with guitar accompaniment… but still, it was just the chords.
Knowing @BanjoBen (AKA… the Bach o’ Banjo… Named by me for his amazing ability to teach a skill by wrapping it into an entertaining arrangement that is enjoyable and to play and listen to… that reinforces the practice of the skill into mastery, just like Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier was composed to be keyboard exeecises… but I digress…), I am sure an arranged Duet will ensure the use of the two instruments into a greater whole of a complete song… working together and complimenting one another.
If I may suggest for @BanjoBen, perhaps the Duet can have the 3 rounds as you do in some “Build-a-Break” lessons… a solo for each and maybe some sort of melodic melody together leading into the Caboose or Tail (trying those terms on for size but not decided yet).
I suggest 3 rounds because our group enjoyed it so much… the first time was just an instrumental… but they wanted to SING and begged us to play it 2 more times so they could (in Portuguese, no less!).
It was a wonderful experience.