@BanjoBen and all !
I think this is a very difficult question, but let me ask it anyway.
2-3 years ago, I have transcribed and learned “Gold Rush” (Bill Monroe: Blue Grass 1959-1969 [BEAR FAMILY RECORDS]), and I wanted to record that and send it as a Video Swap.
But then I decided to go back to the original recording to listen if my playing was more or less the same as the banjoplayer on that record (I don’t know his name, sorry)
I was in for A SHOCK !!!
Sure, I played more or less the same notes, but what he played was completely DIFFERENT ! He had the groove, the bluegrass groove ! You know, those old bluegrass bands, when they play, it’s always as if there’s a train passing by at high speed : “chookedooke-chookedooke-chookedooke…”.
Compared to this, my playing is anemic and monotone…
So I know what to do : find and absorbe that bluegrass groove !
The $1,000,000 question is : HOW ?
Of course, I know that listening to those old recordings over and over again is a key factor, but are there techniques or exercises I can do to make that bluegrass groove my own ?
Again, I think this is a difficult question, but I hope you may have some pointers !!!
All the best