I'm a very new mandolin player, but I've played guitar for years. Recently I started an Insurgent Country band and we've been playing for a few months now.. we were using the mandolin for an extra strumming instrument, just doing chops opposite of the standup bass, but since we've seen Split Lip Rayfield, we are wanting to do a lot more with the mandolin. I've bought some beginner books and am learning songs like Farewell To Whiskey and Golden Slippers.. but they aren't really helping me with the songs we are doing..
So my question is, when playing the mandolin in a full band (guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin) should I do little licks between each lyric, or between the verse and chorus? or is it more tradiontial that the mandolin player strums or does chops and then plays a solo now and again???
I can post an MP3 of something we are working on if that would help…
thanks a ton for any help I can get!