Re: mando playing styles?
Firstly,determine the style of Bluegrass music that you want to play & take it from there.I'm very much a non-Monroe stylist & more in the Reischman / Sizemore camp. BUT - i love Bill Monroe's songs & tunes, & there came a time when i HAD to learn to pick his way (to an extent) to get the right 'feel' of a tune. I mean that yes,you can play 'Old Dangerfield' & 'Southern Flavour' a 'different' way,but they're 'classics' & i want to keep them that way.
If you feel drawn to any one style more than another,go for it & perfect it as much as you can,but do digress into 'other' styles along the way,that will give you some versatility in jam sessions. Whatever you try to do - enjoy yourself.
Mike Compton was teaching over here in the UK earlier this year, & i believe that he was not only a terrific tutor,but a 150% nice guy to meet & to talk to as well,
Weber F-5 'Fern'.
Lebeda F-5 "Special".
Stelling Bellflower BANJO
Tanglewood TW-1000SR Guitar
Tokai - 'Tele-alike'.