Advice on playing reel melodies on octave mandolin
I’ve been trying to play along with some (comhaltas) recordings on OM. I find I can get up to speed on jigs but struggle to keep pace with the reels. Playing the melody that is, not accompaniment.
Also it’s not obvious that playing melodies that fast plays to the strengths of the OM - resonance etc. It it worth persevering with this or will it never sound good at speed anyway - better to change tactics and work on chord backing?