I am venturing more into the solo realm--relatively uncharted waters in bluegrass--and am grappling with the tasmanian devil-on-speed tempo of many of the tunes. Basically what I am trying to do is get the melody under my fingers then play around with it a little. The problem is that I tend to hear things like a mandolin player but can't fit in all the notes. I know part of the problem is tension in my left hand but there is also the issue of moving up and down the neck and crossing the strings. I think that time and practice will help but I am also wondering about how to simplifiy my lines a little to compensate for the lack of speed. Any advice on the subject?