I would suggest practicing at home along with some straightforward songs with typical chord progressions like I Am A Pilgrim, I'm Going Back to Old Kentucky, or Little Cabin Home on the Hill and play around the melodies a bunch. The more you do this, the more you'll start finding interesting ways to add variations and little style tricks to give it some flair without leaving the skeleton melody line. Maybe you'll pick up some nice tricks from the recording you're listening to as well. Playing along with records has been among the best things I've done for my playing.
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