New to this list and to trying to play jazz on mando.
I use a Ridgeback 10 string - with a low C course (a bit telegraph pole like (52s) but tonally a pretty good match for the other coarses)
To get into the style, I'm working through Minor Swing at the mo, sticking to the top four courses melodically while I get the feel. For rhythm though, doing this often feels at odds, as the bass line of necessity frequently fails to present the figure of the original (because I run out of string).
As a rule of thumb, would it be most appropriate to try and preserve the bass figure of the accompaniment, and fill in the rest until I run out of fingers, dropping root and fifth (unless the bass tone) when necessary? Or should I consider the overall colour of the chord more important?